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Friday, October 27
 

2:00pm MDT

Book Cover Basics: Do’s & Don’t’s
From choosing a font to a cover image and laying out of same, what are some mistakes to avoid and some guidelines to follow?

Moderators
avatar for David B. Riley

David B. Riley

publisher, science fiction trails
David B. Riley is the editor of numerous horror and weird western anthologies. He is also the author of four novels and more than 100 short stories. He writes horror, science fiction and steampunk and is an active member of the Horror Writers Association. He edited Science Fiction... Read More →

Guests of Honor
avatar for Carrie Ann Baade

Carrie Ann Baade

Born in Louisiana, Carrie Ann Baade received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago that included one year of study at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and her MFA in Painting from the University of Delaware. Her paintings combine remnants of Renaissance and... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Chaz Kemp

Chaz Kemp

Art Monkey Supreme, Chaz Kemp Illustration
Bram Stoker Award finalist Chaz Kemp embraces an Art Nouveau style that incorporates vibrancy and color into fantasy and steampunk art in a way that is rarely seen. As an illustrator, the influence of Alphonse Mucha is evident in his award-winning work that combines the artistic energy... Read More →
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David Dvorkin

David Dvorkin has published non-fiction, science fiction, mystery, horror, and Star Trek novels. Nowadays, he self-publishes his work in the form of e-books. He finds his new publisher and editor to be infinitely accepting and endlessly accommodating. Visit www.dvorkin.com for lots... Read More →
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Laura Givens

Laura Givens is an illustrator and author who has done oodles of book covers and sold a dozen or so short stories. She loves to read hard SF but often finds herself writing western-flavored steampunk and fantasy. She lives in Denver and used to do improv comedy to stay sane. She has... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

2:00pm MDT

DinoSurrealism With Michael Carroll
Join artist Michael Carroll for a surreal look at dinosaurs.

Participants
avatar for Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll has been an astronomical/science fiction artist and author for three decades. He has done work for NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and dozens of book and magazine publishers internationally. His art has appeared in several hundred magazines throughout the world... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm MDT
Wind River A Ground Floor

2:00pm MDT

Group Reading & Discussion: Once Upon a Time: Alt History
Our panelists will discuss the ins and outs of alt-history and share short readings.

Moderators
avatar for W. J.  Cherf

W. J. Cherf

Writer of Historical Science Fiction and author of the award-winning time travel series The Manuscripts of the Richards' Trust in five volumes.

Participants

Friday October 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

2:00pm MDT

Handling Controversy
From bad reviews to rumors to industry issues to politics, should we talk or not?

Moderators
Participants
avatar for Betsy Dornbusch

Betsy Dornbusch

author
Betsy Dornbusch writes epic fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in over a dozen magazines and anthologies, and she's the author of three novellas and five novels. Her first fantasy novel came out in 2012 and her latest trilogy, BOOKS OF THE SEVEN EYES, wraps up with ENEMY in 2017... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Brazee

Jonathan Brazee

Writer
Jonathan is a retired Marine infantry colonel and now a full-time writer living in North Las Vegas with his wife Kiwi and twin infant girls, Danika and Darika. He has been a Nebula and Dragon Award finalist and is the chairman of SFWA's professional education committee.
avatar for Marc MacYoung

Marc MacYoung

No Nonsense Self-Defense
Marc MacYoung—author of "Beyond the Picket Fence" and the "Writing Violence" series of e-booklets—spends most of his time in the realm of non-fiction. With over 25 published titles he's a leading expert in a rather unpleasant and dangerous topic. When he discovered he was considered... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

2:00pm MDT

When Movie Versions Go Wrong
Can a movie diverge vastly from the book and still be good on its own merits? Are there times alterations improve the material or are necessary for a successful switch in mediums?

Moderators
avatar for Matthew S. Rotundo

Matthew S. Rotundo

Matt is an award-winning writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Read more about him at his website: www.matthewsrotundo.com

Participants
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Amalie Howard

Amalie Howard grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has... Read More →
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Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is the bestselling author of a series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio advice show. The most recent and final in the series, Kitty Saves the World, came out August 2015. Low Midnight, a novel in the Kitty universe focused on Cormac Bennett... Read More →
avatar for Christie Hartman

Christie Hartman

C.A. Hartman Fiction
A former scientist gone rogue, Christie Hartman writes sci-fi with real science and badass female protagonists.
avatar for Thomas A. Fowler

Thomas A. Fowler

Marketing Director, Spine Press & Post
Thomas A. Fowler is the author of nerdy things. With several short stories published, he also helps authors market themselves as the Marketing Director at Spine Press + Post. He loves to entertain people through his YouTube videos and writing.


Friday October 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

3:00pm MDT

Alt History & Time Travel: Similarities and Differences
The two genres may be kissing cousins, but as well as similarities there are differences. Our panelists will explore the boundaries.

Moderators
JB

John Barnes

John Barnes is a widely published obscure writer. His first published science fiction story was in 1982, in CoEvolution Quarterly, and his most recent appeared in Light Reading, which is a website for optical communications engineers. In between he has appeared in places like The... Read More →

Guests of Honor
avatar for Eric Flint

Eric Flint

Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Rob S. Rice

Rob S. Rice

Ambassador from the Past
Rob S. Rice has long had a fascination with the histories of war, technology, and always the sea.  He has delivered papers before the American Philological Association, lectured at Annapolis and has taught subjects from Mythology to Roman History.  Before all THAT, he won the 1st... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
Grand Mesa Second Floor

3:00pm MDT

Author 201: Subtle Self Promotion
Some of the advice out there can lead to sounding like an Amway salesman. What are ways to promote yourself more subtly?

Moderators
Participants
avatar for Elin Wyn

Elin Wyn

Cat herder, word wrangler and short on sleep.
avatar for J.T. Evans

J.T. Evans

Author
J.T. Evans writes fantasy novels. The former president of Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group and Pikes Peak Writers, he develops interactive voice recognition systems at the Day Job, home brews great beers, spends time with family, and plays too many tabletop games. His debut... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Lowell

Nathan Lowell

Author, Durandus, Ltd
Nathan has been a full-time, self-published author since 2012 and working in social media since before it was called social media. His doctoral research involved teasing out the factors that govern how people relate in virtual spaces. That research helped him leverage social media... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

3:00pm MDT

Better Cooking Through Chemistry
Molecular gastronomy and other science cooking techniques are all the rage. Even just understanding some basic culinary chemistry can improve your cooking and open new options to you.

Moderators
avatar for Dana Bell

Dana Bell

Dana Bell enjoys writing regional Colorado tales and has lived many places. Many of her stories are set there and star the various cats she’s been owned by. Her works include her novels Winter Awakening and God’s Gift, a popular cat vampire short story series, and various other... Read More →

Participants
avatar for DeAnna Knippling

DeAnna Knippling

Publisher, Wonderland Press
DeAnna Knippling is a professional freelance writer and editor, with around 40 books written for herself and her many ghostwriting clients and her multiple pen names, because life isn't complicated enough already. Under her own name, she writes gothic horror and fantasy, but she also... Read More →
avatar for Marc MacYoung

Marc MacYoung

No Nonsense Self-Defense
Marc MacYoung—author of "Beyond the Picket Fence" and the "Writing Violence" series of e-booklets—spends most of his time in the realm of non-fiction. With over 25 published titles he's a leading expert in a rather unpleasant and dangerous topic. When he discovered he was considered... Read More →
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Rebecca Lyons

Rebecca Lyons is a writer, editor, and jewelry artist. She has been a MileHiCon participant for over 20 years and has had her jewelry displayed in the art show for the last several. She is a freelance science copy editor and has had stories published in Pulphouse, Women of Darkness... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
Wind River A Ground Floor

3:00pm MDT

Finer Points of Editing
What steps can you take to improve your own editing? When do you really need outside help? To what extent can an author really self-edit effectively?

Moderators
avatar for Nick Mamatas

Nick Mamatas

Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels including The Last Weekend, I Am Providence, and the forthcoming Hexen Sabbath. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, and he is also an award-winning anthologist, most recently with Mixed Up, a hybrid cocktail... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Mario Acevedo

Mario Acevedo

Mario Acevedo is the author of the bestselling Felix Gomez detective-vampire series, which includes Rescue From Planet Pleasure from WordFire Press. His short fiction has appeared in Nightmares Unhinged and CyberWorld from Hex Publishers. Mario lives and writes in Denver, CO.
avatar for Matthew S. Rotundo

Matthew S. Rotundo

Matt is an award-winning writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Read more about him at his website: www.matthewsrotundo.com
avatar for Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond writes linked short stories in science fiction and fantasy universes. She has been in Analog and reprinted in Russian by IF. She's also the Comptroller for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).


Friday October 27, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

3:00pm MDT

Group Reading & Discussion: Future Politics & Economics
Our panelists will envision what may come in the future political and economic sphere and share short readings.

Moderators
avatar for Jason Henry Evans

Jason Henry Evans

Editor-in-Chief, Man-Gazine
I am a writer, an educator, and a Bon Vivant. I have always wanted to be a writer, I just didn't know it until recently. For 14 years I was an educator, teaching social studies in both public & private schools. I have taught every grade from 6th to 12th. I have bachelors degrees... Read More →

Participants
JA

J Alan Erwine

J Alan Erwine is a science fiction writer, editor, and game designer. He is the managing editor at Nomadic Delirium Press, and the co-creator of the Ephemeris Science Fiction Role Playing Game. J has sold more than 40 short stories to a variety of markets, and has published three... Read More →
avatar for Rachael Tanger

Rachael Tanger

Editor, Centrifuge Press
I am a founder of a small independent publishing concern, Centrifuge Press, where I work as Publishing Editor. I am also part of a collective that writes YA science fiction under the pen name N. J. Tanger. I love both coffee and tea, but for different reasons and seasons. My favorite... Read More →
avatar for Sarena Ulibarri

Sarena Ulibarri

Sarena Ulibarri attended the Clarion Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers' Workshop at UCSD, the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction Novel Workshop at KU, and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her fiction has appeared in Lightspeed... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

3:00pm MDT

Living Life in the Open
Panelists explore the impact of big data, surveillance, drones, data mining algorithms, etc., on public-private life.

Moderators
AF

Arlen Feldman

Arlen Feldman is a software engineer, and co-founder of Cherwell Software, one of the leading service desk products in the world. Now semi-retired, he is also a technical adviser, computer book author, maker, costumer, and a semi-professional dilettante.

Participants
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Deena Larsen

Deena Larsen wrote the first interactive work published way back before the net. You can now play in Marble Springs, the wiki, and it is featured in the Electronic Literature Collection. (http://marblesprings.wikidot.com/). A pioneer in the new media/electronic lit field since before... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

3:00pm MDT

Roundtable: Creativity, Originality, and Business
Why is it so important to create the trend instead of following it? Why original art/music/items are far more sustainable in the long run and why chasing the quick buck doesn't keep your business afloat for very long.

Participants
avatar for Carolyn Kay

Carolyn Kay

Carolyn Kay enjoys writing about an eclectic variety of things, and imagining what normally inanimate objects would do if given life. She is currently collaborating with award-winning illustrator, Chaz Kemp, on the World of Ashelon, a series of novellas set in a steampunk fantasy... Read More →
avatar for Chaz Kemp

Chaz Kemp

Art Monkey Supreme, Chaz Kemp Illustration
Bram Stoker Award finalist Chaz Kemp embraces an Art Nouveau style that incorporates vibrancy and color into fantasy and steampunk art in a way that is rarely seen. As an illustrator, the influence of Alphonse Mucha is evident in his award-winning work that combines the artistic energy... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
Bristlecone Ground Floor

4:00pm MDT

Group Reading & Discussion: Fantasy from Heroic to Anti-Heroic
Fantasy leads run the gamut from heroic to anti-heroic. Our panelists will dissect the range and share short readings.

Moderators
avatar for Lou J Berger

Lou J Berger

Lou J Berger writes mostly science fiction and fantasy, but is working on a literary novel set in 1978 North Carolina and centers around a young boy who lost his mother.He's a member of SFWA and has been professionally published in Galaxy's Edge Magazine, as well as in a variety of... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Catherine Spader

Catherine Spader

Founder/owner, Quillstone Press
Catherine Spader is the award-winning author of the dark fantasy Wulfhedinn series. Her first novel, Feast of the Raven, won a first place EVVY book award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. Her second novel in the series, Return of the Wulfhedinn, was released in... Read More →
avatar for Curtis Craddock

Curtis Craddock

Deranged Lunatic, Author
Science Fiction/Fantasy Writer, Teacher, Gamer, Ubergeek.
avatar for L.F. (Laurey) Patten

L.F. (Laurey) Patten

Author/Editor, Stone Dagger Publications
L. F. Patten has often characterized her multitude of interests as A.D.D of the Right Brain. Degreed in Medieval History and archaeology, her checkered career has included teaching, work at a planetarium, a rock shop and an off- (off-off- off-) Broadway theater. A certified herbalist... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

4:00pm MDT

Rebuilding Your Career After Tragedy
How do you not let life’s tragedies (death, divorce, health challenges) destroy a career? How can you rise from the ashes?

Moderators
Participants
avatar for Chris Barili

Chris Barili

Author
When not oppressed by his day job, Chris writes all kinds of stories, and has published fantasy, science fiction, horror, western, paranormal romance, and now crime, with a noir story in this year’s inaugural print edition of Toe Six Magazine. He is author of the self-published... Read More →
avatar for Dana Bell

Dana Bell

Dana Bell enjoys writing regional Colorado tales and has lived many places. Many of her stories are set there and star the various cats she’s been owned by. Her works include her novels Winter Awakening and God’s Gift, a popular cat vampire short story series, and various other... Read More →
avatar for David Boop

David Boop

Author
David Boop is a bestselling Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. His novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, will return to print in 2016 from WordFire Press. David has had over fifty short stories published... Read More →
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Van Aaron Hughes

Van Aaron Hughes is the author of "The Long View," in the March-April 2013 issue of F&SF, "The Body Pirate" in a forthcoming issue of F&SF, and "The Dualist," which was a winner in the Writers of the Future Contest and published in Writers of the Future Vol. 27. His fiction has... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

4:00pm MDT

Roundtable: Cat Fandom
Why are cats so popular as characters in sf/f/h fiction (and in mysteries, too, for that matter)? Are cats intrinsically more fannish than dogs?

Moderators
RL

Rebecca Lyons

Rebecca Lyons is a writer, editor, and jewelry artist. She has been a MileHiCon participant for over 20 years and has had her jewelry displayed in the art show for the last several. She is a freelance science copy editor and has had stories published in Pulphouse, Women of Darkness... Read More →

Participants
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Robin Owens

Robin D. Owens credits the telepathic cat with attitude in selling her first futuristic/fantasy romance, HeartMate, published in December 2001. Since then the RITA® Award Winning novelist has written 13 books in the Celta series, including the latest, Heart Fire (November 2014... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm MDT
Bristlecone Ground Floor

4:00pm MDT

SF/F Pictionary
Come grab a marker and sketch whatever you draw from the hat—a stick-figure unicorn or a swirly black hole … you can do it, and get your team to guess!

Participants
KB

Karen Bjorn

Karen Bjorn has been enjoying MileHiCon since the late ’70s. She is a doodler (as she has not sold any of her artwork, shows in this convention's art room). She is also trying to get published in the SF/F or erotica field. She has a 16-year-old daughter who also enjoys this convention... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm MDT
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

4:00pm MDT

Star Trek at 50: Keeping the Franchise Relevant
This year Star Trek hits 50. From original Star Trek to Discovery, the animated series and the films, we’ll talk about successes and failures, where it’s been and where we hope it will go.

Moderators
Participants
avatar for Charles Eugene Anderson

Charles Eugene Anderson

Charles Eugene Anderson is a former coach, athletic director, and teacher. Now he's a writer, podcaster, and publisher. His latest flash fiction appears in the 'Objects in the Rear View Mirror' anthology. His latest series, 'Auxiliary Hero Corps' has been described as superhero noir... Read More →
avatar for Gary Piserchio

Gary Piserchio

Gary Piserchio, a native of Denver, writes both short- and long-form genre fiction. He's had three short stories published in the past year including (with his writing partner) one of ten stories that made it into the 2016 Star Trek: Strange New Worlds anthology. His other fiction... Read More →
avatar for Kit Campbell

Kit Campbell

It is a little known fact that Kit was raised in the wild by a marauding gang of octopuses. It wasn’t until she was 25 that she was discovered by a traveling National Geographic scientist and brought back to civilization. This is sometimes apparent in the way that she attempts to... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

4:00pm MDT

Still More Planets and Moons
It seems like new planets and moons are discovered every week. Our panelists will give you the scientific scoop on the latest discoveries.

Moderators
avatar for Alastair Mayer

Alastair Mayer

Author Alley

Participants
avatar for Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll has been an astronomical/science fiction artist and author for three decades. He has done work for NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and dozens of book and magazine publishers internationally. His art has appeared in several hundred magazines throughout the world... Read More →
avatar for Robert Williscroft

Robert Williscroft

Author Alley
Dr. Williscroft is a retired submariner, diver, scientist, businessman, adventurer, author. He spent 22 months underwater, a year in the equatorial Pacific, 3 years in the Arctic, a year at the Geographic South Pole. He has appeared on dozens of talk shows, the Michael Medved show... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm MDT
Grand Mesa Second Floor

4:00pm MDT

Trivia for Chocolate
Come and test your knowledge and be rewarded with chocolate! Trivia for all ages.

Participants
avatar for Meg Ward

Meg Ward

Active Track Coordinator, MileHiCon
Meg Ward is a longtime science fiction enthusiast whose hobbies include roller derby, beer brewing, cryptography, convention running, and fiber arts. She resides in Denver with three cats, two geeks-in-training, and an equally geeky husband.


Friday October 27, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm MDT
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

5:00pm MDT

10 Best SF/F/H Shows You Could Be Watching
It's a golden age for SF/F/H media: network, cable, Netflix and more. What ten shows out there right now do you think everyone should at least try?

Moderators
avatar for Thomas A. Fowler

Thomas A. Fowler

Marketing Director, Spine Press & Post
Thomas A. Fowler is the author of nerdy things. With several short stories published, he also helps authors market themselves as the Marketing Director at Spine Press + Post. He loves to entertain people through his YouTube videos and writing.

Participants
avatar for Betsy Dornbusch

Betsy Dornbusch

author
Betsy Dornbusch writes epic fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in over a dozen magazines and anthologies, and she's the author of three novellas and five novels. Her first fantasy novel came out in 2012 and her latest trilogy, BOOKS OF THE SEVEN EYES, wraps up with ENEMY in 2017... Read More →
LG

Laura Givens

Laura Givens is an illustrator and author who has done oodles of book covers and sold a dozen or so short stories. She loves to read hard SF but often finds herself writing western-flavored steampunk and fantasy. She lives in Denver and used to do improv comedy to stay sane. She has... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm MDT
Grand Mesa Second Floor

5:00pm MDT

Geeky Business: From Hobby to Profitable
How can you turn your geeky side hobby into a side hustle that earns income? Our panelists will discuss their experiences and give tips.

Moderators
Participants
avatar for Melanie Unruh

Melanie Unruh

Melanie Unruh is an artist and maker based in the Denver area specializing in decorative and functional pottery, and fantasy and historical sartorial arts. A lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy literature, alternate worlds influence the styles and themes of her art. Currently... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Lowell

Nathan Lowell

Author, Durandus, Ltd
Nathan has been a full-time, self-published author since 2012 and working in social media since before it was called social media. His doctoral research involved teasing out the factors that govern how people relate in virtual spaces. That research helped him leverage social media... Read More →
avatar for Nathan M. Beauchamp

Nathan M. Beauchamp

Acquisitions Editor, Centrifuge Press
Nathan serves as acquisitions editor for Centrifuge Press, an independent publisher of speculative fiction. He co-authored the award-winning YA science fiction series Universe Eventual under the pseudonym N.J. Tanger, including the novels Chimera, Helios, Ceres, and Ascension. His... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm MDT
Wind River A Ground Floor

5:00pm MDT

Good Night, Moon Shot
What’s available in SF&F for kids younger than YA?

Moderators
Participants
avatar for Chris Ward

Chris Ward

Chris Ward works as a video editor to finance his obsessions with movies, books, and homebrewing. He lives in Denver and is conspiring with his wife to make sure their daughters grow up surrounded by geek culture.
avatar for Rachael Tanger

Rachael Tanger

Editor, Centrifuge Press
I am a founder of a small independent publishing concern, Centrifuge Press, where I work as Publishing Editor. I am also part of a collective that writes YA science fiction under the pen name N. J. Tanger. I love both coffee and tea, but for different reasons and seasons. My favorite... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

5:00pm MDT

Group Reading & Discussion: Why Not YA?
Both the range of and market for YA is still growing...our panelists discuss the market, trends and offer readings in the field.

Moderators
Participants
avatar for Kal  Spriggs

Kal Spriggs

Author
Kal is a professional author of science fiction and fantasy. He has already begun publishing three science fiction series: The Shadow Space Chronicles, the Rising Wolf Series, and the Renegades. The Shadow Space Chronicles is military science fiction and space opera and follows a... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

5:00pm MDT

Improvocation
Prepare to launch yourself into three days of creativity and camaraderie. Listen carefully and follow the directions for Poison Eye, Enemy Defender, and the ever-popular and goofy Bunny-Bunny-Bunny.

Participants

Friday October 27, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm MDT
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

5:00pm MDT

Plotting: A Means to an End
Taglines, queries, synopsis, outlines and other ways of plotting. Why and how?

Moderators
AM

Aaron Michael Ritchey

Aaron Crash writes adrenaline-fueled odysseys into the extreme regions of speculative fiction. If you’re looking for cyborg vampires or jellyfish centaurs, you’ve come to the right place. He is the co-author of the War God’s Mantle series (Shadow Alley Press) and other over-the-top... Read More →

Guests of Honor
avatar for Eric Flint

Eric Flint

Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running... Read More →

Participants
avatar for James Van Pelt

James Van Pelt

His fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, and Weird Tales. His non-fiction work has appeared in Tangent magazine. In 1999 James was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Several... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

5:00pm MDT

Roundtable: Current Fannish Cultural Touchstones
In the ’70s and ’80s Monty Python and Hitchhiker’s Guide formed a common bond … what are the new touchstones, or has growth and fragmenting of fandom made that less possible/necessary/desirable?

Moderators
Participants
DB

Dee Beetem

Doris (the Younger) Beetem was one of the founding members of DASFA, along with her mom (the Elder) and her younger sister (Rose). She now lives in Houston, Texas, a retired librarian/technical writer with three cats. (Practically a meme in the fannish community!) She is a longtime... Read More →
avatar for Jen Zink

Jen Zink

Attendee, The Skiffy and Fanty Show
Jen Zink is a stay at home mom of two queer kids and a podcaster with a love of all things science fiction and fantasy. You can find her on twitter @loopdilou or on The Skiffy and Fanty Show at http://www.skiffyandfanty.com, which she produces and co-hosts. You can talk to me about... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm MDT
Bristlecone Ground Floor

5:00pm MDT

The Strange History of The Rocky Mountains
Dr. Buland will discuss how the Rocky Mountains are unique among mountain ranges on Earth today and the geological forces that caused their existence.

Participants

Friday October 27, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

6:00pm MDT

Becoming the GM Your Players Wish You Were
Do your players wish you were a better GM? Our panel will discuss how you can be a better GM and meet your players’ needs and your own together.

Moderators
DP

Dan Peak

Dan (BakuDan) Peak came into the world 40 years ago by blending the finest hand-picked ingredients from the slopes of the majestic Rocky Mountains. He was shaped and formed using the same time-honored techniques that have been handed down from generation to generation, and the quality... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Fred Poutre

Fred Poutre

Cloven Fruit Games
Fred Poutre splits his time between game design, and mathematics teacher/tutor. He recently moved to the Denver metro area and found a position with Denver Public Schools for teaching math; as well as a private tutoring position in Castle Rock. He designs games for Cloven Fruit Games... Read More →
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J Alan Erwine

J Alan Erwine is a science fiction writer, editor, and game designer. He is the managing editor at Nomadic Delirium Press, and the co-creator of the Ephemeris Science Fiction Role Playing Game. J has sold more than 40 short stories to a variety of markets, and has published three... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

6:00pm MDT

Creative Couples
Author/author, author/artist, author/costumer … balancing two professionally creative people in one relationship.

Moderators
avatar for Angie Hodapp

Angie Hodapp

Director of Literary Development, Nelson Literary Agency
Angie Hodapp holds a BA in English and secondary education and an MA in English and communication development, and she is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute at the University of Denver. She has worked in publishing and professional writing, in one form or another, for sixteen... Read More →

Participants
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Carolyn Kay

Carolyn Kay enjoys writing about an eclectic variety of things, and imagining what normally inanimate objects would do if given life. She is currently collaborating with award-winning illustrator, Chaz Kemp, on the World of Ashelon, a series of novellas set in a steampunk fantasy... Read More →
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Chaz Kemp

Art Monkey Supreme, Chaz Kemp Illustration
Bram Stoker Award finalist Chaz Kemp embraces an Art Nouveau style that incorporates vibrancy and color into fantasy and steampunk art in a way that is rarely seen. As an illustrator, the influence of Alphonse Mucha is evident in his award-winning work that combines the artistic energy... Read More →
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Daniel Dvorkin

Daniel Dvorkin, a joint production of David and Leonore Dvorkin Productions, has served as an Army infantryman and an Air Force medic. He recently completed his Ph.D. in bioinformatics, which was harder than anything the military threw at him including Desert Storm. His most recent... Read More →
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Warren Hammond

Warren Hammond is known for his gritty, futuristic KOP series, of which the third book, KOP Killer, won the 2012 Colorado Book Award for best mystery. Warren's latest novel, Tides of Maritinia, ws released in December 2014. His first book independent of the KOP series, Tides is a... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm MDT
Bristlecone Ground Floor

6:00pm MDT

Dr. Horrible Shadowcast rehearsal
Dr. Horrible Shadowcast rehearsal

Participants

Friday October 27, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm MDT
Wind Star A Gr

6:00pm MDT

Knives, Tanks & Things That Go BOOM
How did the technologies, understanding, and culture of violence change throughout history, and why? How can we use this to understand our favorite fandoms, or create our own "cult of the gun" in our fictional worlds?

Moderators
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Kevin Ikenberry

Author
Kevin Ikenberry is a retired Army space operations officer and science fiction novelist. His debut novel Sleeper Protocol was a Finalist for the Colorado Book Award and was called “an emotionally powerful debut” by Publisher’s Weekly. Kevin’s novels include Vendetta Protocol, Runs... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Jonathan Brazee

Jonathan Brazee

Writer
Jonathan is a retired Marine infantry colonel and now a full-time writer living in North Las Vegas with his wife Kiwi and twin infant girls, Danika and Darika. He has been a Nebula and Dragon Award finalist and is the chairman of SFWA's professional education committee.
avatar for Travis Heermann

Travis Heermann

Author Alley


Friday October 27, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

6:00pm MDT

Murder On the Convention Express
It’s a convention long murder mystery! Come meet the poor volunteer about to suffer a grisly fate, and the cast of suspects. Those interested in being the victim or one of the suspects (13 and older) should show up 10 minutes earlier for a casting call.

Participants
avatar for Meg Ward

Meg Ward

Active Track Coordinator, MileHiCon
Meg Ward is a longtime science fiction enthusiast whose hobbies include roller derby, beer brewing, cryptography, convention running, and fiber arts. She resides in Denver with three cats, two geeks-in-training, and an equally geeky husband.


Friday October 27, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm MDT
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

6:00pm MDT

Name That Sci Fi Tune!
Long ago TV theme songs, current Netflix hits, video games and movie soundtracks—come to compete or watch as others try to …. Name that Sci-Fi Tune!

Moderators
Participants
CC

Craig Chrissinger

Craig W. Chrissinger has reported on the Williamson Lectureship for Locus Magazine for a third time, and has started writing book reviews again for the Albuquerque Journal. He earned a journalism degree in 1984, and is happy to put it to use. In the past 25 years, he’s written for... Read More →
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Jessica Coyle

Jessica L. Coyle has attended conventions since she was a tween, and has participated in several costume contests. She earned her Master’s in Museum Education from The George Washington University, and currently works at the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History. She serves as Bubonicon’s... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

6:00pm MDT

Self-Worth and Self-Publishing
Is the stigma of self-publishing dead? Our panelists will debate that and touch on the many ways self-worth and self-publishing can be tied together.

Moderators
AM

Aaron Michael Ritchey

Aaron Crash writes adrenaline-fueled odysseys into the extreme regions of speculative fiction. If you’re looking for cyborg vampires or jellyfish centaurs, you’ve come to the right place. He is the co-author of the War God’s Mantle series (Shadow Alley Press) and other over-the-top... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Audrey Brice

Audrey Brice

Darkerwood Publishing Group
I'm a writer with four pen names. Talk to me about my fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romances, and horror/thriller novels! :) I love The Orville, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, Star Trek, and more! When it comes to books I don't have favorite authors, but I read all... Read More →
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James Hunter

Author, Shadow Alley Press
James Hunter is a bestselling fantasy writer and an active member of SFWA with twenty-five books currently under his belt. He’s the author of the Rogue Dungeon Series, Bibliomancer, the Yancy Lazarus Series, and the litRPG epic Viridian Gate Online. In addition to writing, James... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

6:00pm MDT

Speed Friending
It’s like speed dating, but platonically! Come and spend a quick hour meeting people and figuring out if your fandoms are compatible. Great for first timers to the convention, and anyone else hoping to make new friends to mix and mingle with over the week

Moderators
LG

Laura Givens

Laura Givens is an illustrator and author who has done oodles of book covers and sold a dozen or so short stories. She loves to read hard SF but often finds herself writing western-flavored steampunk and fantasy. She lives in Denver and used to do improv comedy to stay sane. She has... Read More →

Friday October 27, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm MDT
Atrium Stage Central Second Floor Atrium

6:00pm MDT

Float-illa Building
Come prepare your ship for the annual MHC float-illa. Our MC will be on hand to give tips and tricks and answer questions.

Participants

Friday October 27, 2017 6:00pm - 7:50pm MDT
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

7:00pm MDT

Use the Force: Opening Ceremonies
Join author guests of honor Eric Flint and Jane Lindskold, artist guest Carrie Ann Baade, and toastmaster Jason Heller as MileHiCon 49 gets in touch with both sides of the Force and prepares to debate midichlorians all weekend.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Carrie Ann Baade

Carrie Ann Baade

Born in Louisiana, Carrie Ann Baade received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago that included one year of study at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and her MFA in Painting from the University of Delaware. Her paintings combine remnants of Renaissance and... Read More →
avatar for Eric Flint

Eric Flint

Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running... Read More →
avatar for Jason Heller

Jason Heller

Jason Heller is a journalist, editor, and author whose books include: Strange Stars (forthcoming from Melville House); the alt-history novel Taft 2012 (Quirk); the Goosebumps tie-in Slappy’s Revenge (Scholastic); the Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook... Read More →
avatar for Jane Lindskold

Jane Lindskold

Mentored by her friend, Roger Zelazny, she started publishing stories in 1992, and she published her first novel, Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls in December, 1994. In her Athanor series, she writes about the creatures of legend — shape-shifters, satyrs, merfolk, and unicorns... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm MDT
Grand Mesa Second Floor

7:00pm MDT

Esperanto Workshop
You’ve heard of Esperanto—the basics can be taught in an hour. Conversational fluency takes practice, but come see how much progress can be made in just one time slot.

Participants

Friday October 27, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

7:00pm MDT

Putting the Play in Cosplay
Explore acting components, and how voices, mannerisms, detail and backstory build your character. Discuss boundaries for interacting with people and share tools to help.

Moderators
Participants
avatar for Rob S. Rice

Rob S. Rice

Ambassador from the Past
Rob S. Rice has long had a fascination with the histories of war, technology, and always the sea.  He has delivered papers before the American Philological Association, lectured at Annapolis and has taught subjects from Mythology to Roman History.  Before all THAT, he won the 1st... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

7:00pm MDT

Roundtable: Dr Who
Come chat all things Doctor Who… the new Doctor, speculation on the next companion, etc.

Participants
avatar for Kit Campbell

Kit Campbell

It is a little known fact that Kit was raised in the wild by a marauding gang of octopuses. It wasn’t until she was 25 that she was discovered by a traveling National Geographic scientist and brought back to civilization. This is sometimes apparent in the way that she attempts to... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm MDT
Bristlecone Ground Floor

7:00pm MDT

The Road Goes Ever On: Keeping A Series Fresh
Can it be done past a certain point? If so, how? Or do readers enjoy series even without surprises?

Moderators
avatar for Nathan Lowell

Nathan Lowell

Author, Durandus, Ltd
Nathan has been a full-time, self-published author since 2012 and working in social media since before it was called social media. His doctoral research involved teasing out the factors that govern how people relate in virtual spaces. That research helped him leverage social media... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Audrey Brice

Audrey Brice

Darkerwood Publishing Group
I'm a writer with four pen names. Talk to me about my fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romances, and horror/thriller novels! :) I love The Orville, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, Star Trek, and more! When it comes to books I don't have favorite authors, but I read all... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Brazee

Jonathan Brazee

Writer
Jonathan is a retired Marine infantry colonel and now a full-time writer living in North Las Vegas with his wife Kiwi and twin infant girls, Danika and Darika. He has been a Nebula and Dragon Award finalist and is the chairman of SFWA's professional education committee.
avatar for Kal  Spriggs

Kal Spriggs

Author
Kal is a professional author of science fiction and fantasy. He has already begun publishing three science fiction series: The Shadow Space Chronicles, the Rising Wolf Series, and the Renegades. The Shadow Space Chronicles is military science fiction and space opera and follows a... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

7:00pm MDT

Advanced Mask Making with Patty Pietu
Make your own extraordinary leather mask. Learn new techniques to add a second layer with studs, brads and sewing. $30 materials fee.

Participants

Friday October 27, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm MDT
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

7:00pm MDT

Behind the Mask with Patty Pietu
Come make your own extraordinary leather mask. Learn secret mask making techniques to create that original costume piece or artwork. $30 materials fee.

Participants

Friday October 27, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm MDT
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

8:00pm MDT

GoH Autograph Alley / MHC Meet, Munch & Mingle ($6) / Geek T-Shirt Showcase
Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar while you meet and mingle. Our Guests of Honor (current and past) will be available to sign their books. ($6 ticket required for the Munch portion; no charge for Autograph Alley.) Wear your most fannishly beautiful, fun

Guests of Honor
avatar for Eric Flint

Eric Flint

Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running... Read More →
avatar for Jason Heller

Jason Heller

Jason Heller is a journalist, editor, and author whose books include: Strange Stars (forthcoming from Melville House); the alt-history novel Taft 2012 (Quirk); the Goosebumps tie-in Slappy’s Revenge (Scholastic); the Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook... Read More →
avatar for Jane Lindskold

Jane Lindskold

Mentored by her friend, Roger Zelazny, she started publishing stories in 1992, and she published her first novel, Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls in December, 1994. In her Athanor series, she writes about the creatures of legend — shape-shifters, satyrs, merfolk, and unicorns... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 8:00pm - 8:50pm MDT
Atrium Stage Central Second Floor Atrium

8:00pm MDT

Artist Chat
Have a question about art from a technical, professional, or other angle? Stop by and chat with some of the artists at MileHiCon 49.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Carrie Ann Baade

Carrie Ann Baade

Born in Louisiana, Carrie Ann Baade received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago that included one year of study at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and her MFA in Painting from the University of Delaware. Her paintings combine remnants of Renaissance and... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 8:00pm - 8:50pm MDT
Wind Star A Gr

8:00pm MDT

I Called 911 and Got a Zombie Instead
Our panel will examine the medical aspects of surviving (or not) in a post-apocalyptic world.

Moderators
avatar for Holly Roberds

Holly Roberds

Holly writes Paranormal Romance, a bit of sci-fi, and a dash of YA. Even as Holly grew up writing romantic fanfiction for the Terminator, Matrix, and anything Joss Whedon, she would have never presumed she’d end up a professional writer. Holly lives in the Denver area with her husband... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Catherine Spader

Catherine Spader

Founder/owner, Quillstone Press
Catherine Spader is the award-winning author of the dark fantasy Wulfhedinn series. Her first novel, Feast of the Raven, won a first place EVVY book award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. Her second novel in the series, Return of the Wulfhedinn, was released in... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Dvorkin

Daniel Dvorkin

Daniel Dvorkin, a joint production of David and Leonore Dvorkin Productions, has served as an Army infantryman and an Air Force medic. He recently completed his Ph.D. in bioinformatics, which was harder than anything the military threw at him including Desert Storm. His most recent... Read More →
avatar for Marc MacYoung

Marc MacYoung

No Nonsense Self-Defense
Marc MacYoung—author of "Beyond the Picket Fence" and the "Writing Violence" series of e-booklets—spends most of his time in the realm of non-fiction. With over 25 published titles he's a leading expert in a rather unpleasant and dangerous topic. When he discovered he was considered... Read More →
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Vivian Caethe

Author
When not fighting crime, Ms. Caethe also writes and edits. The author of multiple short stories and novellas, her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. She lives with her husband in Colorado. Check her latest novel out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/VivianCaethe... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 8:00pm - 8:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

8:00pm MDT

Talespinner: Stories with Danyda Feldman
Feel free to wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal to listen while Danyda spins tales sure to delight all ages.

Participants

Friday October 27, 2017 8:00pm - 8:50pm MDT
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

8:00pm MDT

Teen Challenge Panel: The Best Superhero Ever
Teens, bring your picks for the best superhero ever and be prepared to defend your hero against all comers.


Friday October 27, 2017 8:00pm - 8:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

9:00pm MDT

14th Annual MHC Critter Floatilla
Cheer on the diminutive but determined competitors as they hit the pool. See how well—and quickly— cardboard can float.

Participants

Friday October 27, 2017 9:00pm - 9:50pm MDT
Other

9:00pm MDT

Creatures of A Different Night
New twists on old monsters—what’s out there beyond vampires, werewolves, and zombies.

Moderators
avatar for Travis Heermann

Travis Heermann

Author Alley

Participants
AH

Amalie Howard

Amalie Howard grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has... Read More →
avatar for Sam Knight

Sam Knight

A Colorado native, Sam Knight spent ten years in California’s wine country before returning to the Rockies. When asked if he misses California, he gets a wistful look in his eyes and replies he misses the green mountains in the winter, but he is glad to be back home. As well as... Read More →
avatar for Vivian Caethe

Vivian Caethe

Author
When not fighting crime, Ms. Caethe also writes and edits. The author of multiple short stories and novellas, her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. She lives with her husband in Colorado. Check her latest novel out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/VivianCaethe... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 9:00pm - 9:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

9:00pm MDT

Dr. Horrible Shadowcast
Friday October 27, 2017 9:00pm - 9:50pm MDT
Video Room

9:00pm MDT

Filking through the night
See page for a description of how Denver does filk.

Friday October 27, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm MDT
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

9:00pm MDT

‘70s & ‘80s Science Fiction Dance Party with DJ-TM Jason H
Join Toastmaster Jason Heller for a '70s + '80s Science Fiction Dance Party! Jason will play vinyl 45s from his own collection for your dancing enjoyment -- an out-of-this-world selection of SF songs from the '70s and '80s, such as Styx's "Mr. Roboto," Pe

Guests of Honor
avatar for Jason Heller

Jason Heller

Jason Heller is a journalist, editor, and author whose books include: Strange Stars (forthcoming from Melville House); the alt-history novel Taft 2012 (Quirk); the Goosebumps tie-in Slappy’s Revenge (Scholastic); the Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 9:00pm - 10:50pm MDT
Grand Mesa Second Floor

10:00pm MDT

Group Reading & Discussion: Ghoulies, Ghosties, and Long Legged Beasties
Moderators
avatar for F. P. Dorchak

F. P. Dorchak

Paranormal Fiction Author, F. P. Dorchak
I write gritty, Twilight Zone-like fiction. Please check out my new book: Do The Dead Dream? An Anthology of the Weird and the Peculiar, which won the 2017 national Best Book Award for Fiction: Short Stories.My interests are many and varied. Just say "Hi!" and we'll take it from... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Eric James Stone

Eric James Stone

A Nebula Award winner and Hugo nominee, Eric James Stone has been published in Year’s Best SF, Analog, and elsewhere. His debut novel, a science fiction thriller titled Unforgettable, was published by Baen. Eric lives in Utah, where he works as a web programmer.
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Warren Hammond

Warren Hammond is known for his gritty, futuristic KOP series, of which the third book, KOP Killer, won the 2012 Colorado Book Award for best mystery. Warren's latest novel, Tides of Maritinia, ws released in December 2014. His first book independent of the KOP series, Tides is a... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:00pm - 11:30pm MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

10:00pm MDT

Cards Against Humanity
Friday October 27, 2017 10:00pm - Saturday October 28, 2017 8:00am MDT
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

10:00pm MDT

Werewolves of Miller's Hollow
Friday October 27, 2017 10:00pm - Saturday October 28, 2017 8:00am MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor
 
Saturday, October 28
 

9:00am MDT

Coloring for All Ages
Come start your morning off with a little coloring! Materials will be provided.

Saturday October 28, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am MDT
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

9:00am MDT

MHC Kaffeeklatsch (Saturday), sponsored by Broadway Book Mall/Who Else! Books
Join several of our guests and other participants (exact lineup always subject to late nights and oversleeping) in the con suite for a wake-up beverage and a donut.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Eric Flint

Eric Flint

Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running... Read More →
avatar for Jane Lindskold

Jane Lindskold

Mentored by her friend, Roger Zelazny, she started publishing stories in 1992, and she published her first novel, Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls in December, 1994. In her Athanor series, she writes about the creatures of legend — shape-shifters, satyrs, merfolk, and unicorns... Read More →

Participants
CV

Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is the bestselling author of a series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio advice show. The most recent and final in the series, Kitty Saves the World, came out August 2015. Low Midnight, a novel in the Kitty universe focused on Cormac Bennett... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am MDT
Con Suite

9:30am MDT

SFWA Business Meeting
Chaired by C. Felice; open to SFWA members only.

Moderators
Participants

Saturday October 28, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

10:00am MDT

An Hour with Eric Flint
Join Guest of Honor Eric Flint for a reading, Q&A, or whatever else he may have up his sleeve.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Eric Flint

Eric Flint

Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am MDT
Grand Mesa Second Floor

10:00am MDT

Animal Attraction
Bond animals, FAMs, psychic rapport, talking to animals and animal-like alien species. Wolves, dragons, cats, dogs, and horses are popular, but somehow never sloths…

Moderators
RF

Richard Friesen

Author, Richard Friesen
Richard Friesen's first novel, The Tower of Dreams, came out in January. Book II in the Dreaming King Saga, Oathbound Sisters should be out by mid-summer. Richard has been writing for years and has a few published short stories, such as the one in Once Upon a Galaxy, edited by Wil... Read More →

Guests of Honor
avatar for Jane Lindskold

Jane Lindskold

Mentored by her friend, Roger Zelazny, she started publishing stories in 1992, and she published her first novel, Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls in December, 1994. In her Athanor series, she writes about the creatures of legend — shape-shifters, satyrs, merfolk, and unicorns... Read More →

Participants
avatar for A.M. Burns

A.M. Burns

Writer, Out In Colorado Writers
A.M. Burns lives in the Colorado Rockies with his partner, several dogs, cats, horses, and birds. When he’s not writing, he’s often fixing fences, splitting wood, hiking in the mountains, or flying his hawks. He’s enjoyed writing since he was in high school, but it wasn’t... Read More →
avatar for Rob S. Rice

Rob S. Rice

Ambassador from the Past
Rob S. Rice has long had a fascination with the histories of war, technology, and always the sea.  He has delivered papers before the American Philological Association, lectured at Annapolis and has taught subjects from Mythology to Roman History.  Before all THAT, he won the 1st... Read More →
RO

Robin Owens

Robin D. Owens credits the telepathic cat with attitude in selling her first futuristic/fantasy romance, HeartMate, published in December 2001. Since then the RITA® Award Winning novelist has written 13 books in the Celta series, including the latest, Heart Fire (November 2014... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

10:00am MDT

Different Roads Taken To Success
Not everyone’s path to success is straight and narrow—find out how these panelists have forged their own paths.

Moderators
Participants
avatar for James Van Pelt

James Van Pelt

His fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, and Weird Tales. His non-fiction work has appeared in Tangent magazine. In 1999 James was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Several... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

10:00am MDT

Past and Future Vogue
Fashion and SF&F have long influenced each other—from movie-inspired makeup collections to Bill Nye walking the runway—come take a trip through their many intersections.

Moderators
Participants
AH

Amalie Howard

Amalie Howard grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Unruh

Melanie Unruh

Melanie Unruh is an artist and maker based in the Denver area specializing in decorative and functional pottery, and fantasy and historical sartorial arts. A lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy literature, alternate worlds influence the styles and themes of her art. Currently... Read More →
avatar for Paul Lell

Paul Lell

The One in Charge, Kalijor Press
Paul Lell was born and grew up in the Denver area, where he was encouraged by friends and family to imagine worlds without limits. He wrote stories and game mastered RPGs for his friends, which led to the development of whole worlds and their inhabitants. After trying a few different... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am MDT
Wind River A Ground Floor

10:00am MDT

Women in Star Wars: From A New Hope to The Last Jedi
From Padme Amidala to Princess Leia to Jyn Erso to Mon Mothma to Rey—the women of Star Wars have played pivotal roles in the saga.

Moderators
avatar for Elin Wyn

Elin Wyn

Cat herder, word wrangler and short on sleep.

Participants
CV

Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is the bestselling author of a series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio advice show. The most recent and final in the series, Kitty Saves the World, came out August 2015. Low Midnight, a novel in the Kitty universe focused on Cormac Bennett... Read More →
avatar for Christie Hartman

Christie Hartman

C.A. Hartman Fiction
A former scientist gone rogue, Christie Hartman writes sci-fi with real science and badass female protagonists.
avatar for Thomas A. Fowler

Thomas A. Fowler

Marketing Director, Spine Press & Post
Thomas A. Fowler is the author of nerdy things. With several short stories published, he also helps authors market themselves as the Marketing Director at Spine Press + Post. He loves to entertain people through his YouTube videos and writing.


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am MDT
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

10:00am MDT

Junkyard Derby!
Take "Junkyard Wars" and a pinewood derby, mix 'em together, and you get the Junkyard Derby! Kids will have 1 hour to build a junk car out of parts we supply in a bucket (we will supply wheels and axles) weighing no more than 8 oz. They will then compete

Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 11:50am MDT
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

10:00am MDT

Working with Plastic
Join us for demonstrations on vac-u-forming and using other techniques to shape plastic for your costumes. We'll talk about molds and how to make your own machine—it's not as hard as you might think. Presented by homecostumers.com


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 11:50am MDT
Wind Star A Gr

10:00am MDT

Writing Steampunk: A Primer for Beginners
Come explore the always fantastic, often humorous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally disturbing world of retro-futurism, speculative science fiction, and the Victorian era. Learn how you can use history’s facts and fantasies along with the past’s imagin

Participants
avatar for Richard Blake

Richard Blake

Founder & Flunky, STEMpunkED
A child since birth, Richard provides full time care and part time frustration to two amazing children and one wonderful wife from his centrally located Colorado home. Through his micro-business STEMpunkED he develops and delivers innovative STEM+Arts programs that engage modern STEM... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 11:50am MDT
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

10:00am MDT

MileHiCon Mask Table, hosted by Julie Spradley
Visit the Mask Table in the hallway outside the art show to make your own beautiful feathered, furred, or glittery creation. Fun for kids and adults! There will be a special mask-parade at 7 pm before the main masquerade.

Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm MDT
Other

11:00am MDT

Beginnings of Beer in the Ancient World
Learn about a definitive examination of beer brewing in Greece, along with a general understanding of beer in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East.

Participants

Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am MDT
Wind River A Ground Floor

11:00am MDT

Blind Submission: The Live Slush Panel
Wonder what makes an editor stop reading a submission … or keep reading? Come hear a live slush panel as our panel of editors consider submitted manuscripts

Moderators
avatar for Angie Hodapp

Angie Hodapp

Director of Literary Development, Nelson Literary Agency
Angie Hodapp holds a BA in English and secondary education and an MA in English and communication development, and she is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute at the University of Denver. She has worked in publishing and professional writing, in one form or another, for sixteen... Read More →

Guests of Honor
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Jason Heller

Jason Heller is a journalist, editor, and author whose books include: Strange Stars (forthcoming from Melville House); the alt-history novel Taft 2012 (Quirk); the Goosebumps tie-in Slappy’s Revenge (Scholastic); the Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Dana Bell

Dana Bell

Dana Bell enjoys writing regional Colorado tales and has lived many places. Many of her stories are set there and star the various cats she’s been owned by. Her works include her novels Winter Awakening and God’s Gift, a popular cat vampire short story series, and various other... Read More →
avatar for Elin Wyn

Elin Wyn

Cat herder, word wrangler and short on sleep.
avatar for Sarena Ulibarri

Sarena Ulibarri

Sarena Ulibarri attended the Clarion Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers' Workshop at UCSD, the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction Novel Workshop at KU, and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her fiction has appeared in Lightspeed... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

11:00am MDT

Isn’t It Ironic?
There are several kinds of irony—often not including whatever people are talking about when they say, “That’s ironic.” Join Connie for an in-depth and non-ironic look at this too-often misunderstood literary device.

Participants

Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am MDT
Grand Mesa Second Floor

11:00am MDT

I’ll Know It When I See It
What do you like about/in art? Are there ways to look more deeply/get more out of art?

Moderators
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Richard Friesen

Author, Richard Friesen
Richard Friesen's first novel, The Tower of Dreams, came out in January. Book II in the Dreaming King Saga, Oathbound Sisters should be out by mid-summer. Richard has been writing for years and has a few published short stories, such as the one in Once Upon a Galaxy, edited by Wil... Read More →

Guests of Honor
avatar for Carrie Ann Baade

Carrie Ann Baade

Born in Louisiana, Carrie Ann Baade received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago that included one year of study at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and her MFA in Painting from the University of Delaware. Her paintings combine remnants of Renaissance and... Read More →

Participants
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Chaz Kemp

Art Monkey Supreme, Chaz Kemp Illustration
Bram Stoker Award finalist Chaz Kemp embraces an Art Nouveau style that incorporates vibrancy and color into fantasy and steampunk art in a way that is rarely seen. As an illustrator, the influence of Alphonse Mucha is evident in his award-winning work that combines the artistic energy... Read More →
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Jessica Coyle

Jessica L. Coyle has attended conventions since she was a tween, and has participated in several costume contests. She earned her Master’s in Museum Education from The George Washington University, and currently works at the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History. She serves as Bubonicon’s... Read More →
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Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll has been an astronomical/science fiction artist and author for three decades. He has done work for NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and dozens of book and magazine publishers internationally. His art has appeared in several hundred magazines throughout the world... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

11:00am MDT

Roundtable: Recent and Upcoming Movies that Make You Squee
Wonder Woman, The Black Panther, Ready Player One ... what movies have recently come out or are in the pipeline that you're really excited about?

Moderators
avatar for Chris Ward

Chris Ward

Chris Ward works as a video editor to finance his obsessions with movies, books, and homebrewing. He lives in Denver and is conspiring with his wife to make sure their daughters grow up surrounded by geek culture.

Participants
avatar for Jen Zink

Jen Zink

Attendee, The Skiffy and Fanty Show
Jen Zink is a stay at home mom of two queer kids and a podcaster with a love of all things science fiction and fantasy. You can find her on twitter @loopdilou or on The Skiffy and Fanty Show at http://www.skiffyandfanty.com, which she produces and co-hosts. You can talk to me about... Read More →
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Nicole Godfrey

Nicole Godfrey is a writer who calls the beautiful city of Colorado Springs home, along with her furry children. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and has lived in Florida and Tennessee. Her writing career started with poetry at a young age, leading to her first publication at the... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am MDT
Bristlecone Ground Floor

11:00am MDT

Tech Yesterday, Tech Today, Why Not Tech Today?
Just another 20 years—the technology unicorns: AI, cold fusion, space colonization, flying cars, nanotechnology.

Moderators
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Alastair Mayer

Author Alley

Participants
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W.C. Bauers

W. C. Bauers' first novel, UNBREAKABLE, was an Amazon and B&N, Science Fiction and Fantasy Best Book of the Month pick, for January 2015. His second, INDOMITABLE, was a B&N and Kirkus Best of the Month Pick, for SF/F, for July 2016. ​Bauers's interests include Taekwondo, military... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

12:00pm MDT

An Hour with Carrie Ann Baade
Join Guest of Honor Carrie Ann Baade for a presentation, a Q&A, or whatever else she may have up her sleeve.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Carrie Ann Baade

Carrie Ann Baade

Born in Louisiana, Carrie Ann Baade received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago that included one year of study at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and her MFA in Painting from the University of Delaware. Her paintings combine remnants of Renaissance and... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm MDT
Grand Mesa Second Floor

12:00pm MDT

Astronomy of Harry Potter
Join Dr. Slater for a lively presentation on the astronomy of the Harry Potter universe.

Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

12:00pm MDT

Group Reading & Discussion: Yes, This is a Kissing Book/Story
Adding romance/romantic subtext or plot changes a book. Our panelists discuss the hows and whys in addition to short readings.

Moderators
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Nicole Godfrey

Nicole Godfrey is a writer who calls the beautiful city of Colorado Springs home, along with her furry children. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and has lived in Florida and Tennessee. Her writing career started with poetry at a young age, leading to her first publication at the... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Chris Barili

Chris Barili

Author
When not oppressed by his day job, Chris writes all kinds of stories, and has published fantasy, science fiction, horror, western, paranormal romance, and now crime, with a noir story in this year’s inaugural print edition of Toe Six Magazine. He is author of the self-published... Read More →
avatar for Christie Hartman

Christie Hartman

C.A. Hartman Fiction
A former scientist gone rogue, Christie Hartman writes sci-fi with real science and badass female protagonists.
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Robin Owens

Robin D. Owens credits the telepathic cat with attitude in selling her first futuristic/fantasy romance, HeartMate, published in December 2001. Since then the RITA® Award Winning novelist has written 13 books in the Celta series, including the latest, Heart Fire (November 2014... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm MDT
Wind River A Ground Floor

12:00pm MDT

Murder on the Convention Express: Update
Come find out new information that may help you determine the culprit, share your theories with your fellow con-goers and ask questions of the suspects.

Participants
avatar for Meg Ward

Meg Ward

Active Track Coordinator, MileHiCon
Meg Ward is a longtime science fiction enthusiast whose hobbies include roller derby, beer brewing, cryptography, convention running, and fiber arts. She resides in Denver with three cats, two geeks-in-training, and an equally geeky husband.


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm MDT
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

12:00pm MDT

Roundtable: Close Encounters & (First) Contact: How Do They Hold Up?
These two groundbreaking first contact films are now 40 and 20 years old. How do they hold up with new discoveries and a 21st century perspective?

Moderators
Participants

Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm MDT
Bristlecone Ground Floor

12:00pm MDT

Talking 1632
Get post-medieval with Eric Flint. Listen, ask questions, and learn something new.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Eric Flint

Eric Flint

Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

12:00pm MDT

Teaching & Writer’s Workshops
Getting a masters in creative writing, Clarion, ongoing writers workshops, NaNoWriMo, books and blogs on the writing process—what really works, and for who? Is there any way to tell before you spend the time and money?

Moderators
Participants
avatar for James Van Pelt

James Van Pelt

His fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, and Weird Tales. His non-fiction work has appeared in Tangent magazine. In 1999 James was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Several... Read More →
avatar for Sarena Ulibarri

Sarena Ulibarri

Sarena Ulibarri attended the Clarion Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers' Workshop at UCSD, the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction Novel Workshop at KU, and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her fiction has appeared in Lightspeed... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

12:00pm MDT

Teen Roundtable: Cosplay on the Cheap
Ideas on how to make that perfect costume without breaking the bank.


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm MDT
Wind Star A Gr

12:00pm MDT

The Beginning of the Dreamtime
A look at Australian Aboriginal creation legends with David and Libby Skipper.


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

1:00pm MDT

Challenge Panel: The Wackiest Reality Show (Not Yet Invented)
Project Runway: Pet Designers? The Great Antarctic Bake Off? Master Chef Toddlers? Come and discover what reality TV delights (and horrors) await in our panelists’ imaginations. (Remember—starting panelists may not remain on the challenge panel throughou

Moderators
Participants
avatar for DeAnna Knippling

DeAnna Knippling

Publisher, Wonderland Press
DeAnna Knippling is a professional freelance writer and editor, with around 40 books written for herself and her many ghostwriting clients and her multiple pen names, because life isn't complicated enough already. Under her own name, she writes gothic horror and fantasy, but she also... Read More →
avatar for Rob S. Rice

Rob S. Rice

Ambassador from the Past
Rob S. Rice has long had a fascination with the histories of war, technology, and always the sea.  He has delivered papers before the American Philological Association, lectured at Annapolis and has taught subjects from Mythology to Roman History.  Before all THAT, he won the 1st... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

1:00pm MDT

Evolved Images
You may have seen Ed’s artwork in the art show, created by a process of evolution—a mathematical expression that is evaluated at every pixel in the image. He’ll discuss his process and the intersection between art and mathematics/technology.

Participants


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

1:00pm MDT

Fangirling Over 30
Chat with fangirls who have discovered that it’s not “just a phase” and learn what being a fangirl means at ages 30, 50, and beyond.

Moderators
avatar for Holly Roberds

Holly Roberds

Holly writes Paranormal Romance, a bit of sci-fi, and a dash of YA. Even as Holly grew up writing romantic fanfiction for the Terminator, Matrix, and anything Joss Whedon, she would have never presumed she’d end up a professional writer. Holly lives in the Denver area with her husband... Read More →

Participants
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Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is the bestselling author of a series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio advice show. The most recent and final in the series, Kitty Saves the World, came out August 2015. Low Midnight, a novel in the Kitty universe focused on Cormac Bennett... Read More →
avatar for Jenna Lincoln

Jenna Lincoln

I'd love to talk about my books! I write YA and adult Science Fiction. The first two books in my trilogy are out: 1. The Protector Project 2. The People's Champion And I have a novella in an SFR anthology that just came out this month! Anthology is called Cosmic Cabaret and... Read More →
avatar for Kit Campbell

Kit Campbell

It is a little known fact that Kit was raised in the wild by a marauding gang of octopuses. It wasn’t until she was 25 that she was discovered by a traveling National Geographic scientist and brought back to civilization. This is sometimes apparent in the way that she attempts to... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

1:00pm MDT

Project Runway: Paper & Foil Edition
Come with friends or create a team on the spot! Teams compete to create a futuristic/fantasy ensemble from newspaper, aluminum foil, and duct tape in 40 minutes.


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm MDT
Wind Star A Gr

1:00pm MDT

Roundtable: How Can Creativity Transfer?
Join our panelists to discuss common aspects of creativity across endeavors, how to increase creativity, and more.

Moderators
avatar for Stace Johnson

Stace Johnson

I'm a writer and musician from the Denver metro area. So far, I've published short stories of multiple lengths, several poems, and numerous non-fiction articles in both magazines and online. I gained a reputation as a good copy editor in my former writing groups, and that reputation... Read More →

Participants

Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm MDT
Bristlecone Ground Floor

1:00pm MDT

The Art & History of Computing: From Before the Abacus to Beyond AI
Starting with a 20,000 year old baboon fibula, we’ll follow the progression of beads to cogs, tubes to silicon, and quantum particles to what lies beyond. We’ll explore the history of computing, work together to imagine the unexpected futures that may be

Participants
avatar for Richard Blake

Richard Blake

Founder & Flunky, STEMpunkED
A child since birth, Richard provides full time care and part time frustration to two amazing children and one wonderful wife from his centrally located Colorado home. Through his micro-business STEMpunkED he develops and delivers innovative STEM+Arts programs that engage modern STEM... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm MDT
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

1:00pm MDT

Urban Fantasy is Dead: Long Live Paranormal Romance
Despite the supposed death knell for certain sub/genres, they seem to keep going—maybe with a new label or a different twist. Are any really on the terminal list? Any truly new ones waiting in the wings?

Moderators
Participants
avatar for Audrey Brice

Audrey Brice

Darkerwood Publishing Group
I'm a writer with four pen names. Talk to me about my fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romances, and horror/thriller novels! :) I love The Orville, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, Star Trek, and more! When it comes to books I don't have favorite authors, but I read all... Read More →
avatar for Gary Piserchio

Gary Piserchio

Gary Piserchio, a native of Denver, writes both short- and long-form genre fiction. He's had three short stories published in the past year including (with his writing partner) one of ten stories that made it into the 2016 Star Trek: Strange New Worlds anthology. His other fiction... Read More →
avatar for James Hunter

James Hunter

Author, Shadow Alley Press
James Hunter is a bestselling fantasy writer and an active member of SFWA with twenty-five books currently under his belt. He’s the author of the Rogue Dungeon Series, Bibliomancer, the Yancy Lazarus Series, and the litRPG epic Viridian Gate Online. In addition to writing, James... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

1:00pm MDT

Wizards of Hollywood
For more than a decade Ed Kramer was a Senior Technical Director at Industrial Light & Magic, supervising computer graphics work on Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, and Star Wars movies. This presentation will take you through the history of computer graphics

Moderators
Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm MDT
Grand Mesa Second Floor

2:00pm MDT

Belly Dance Workshop
Join the unique creatives of Apsara for a brief bellydancing workshop.

Participants

Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm MDT
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

2:00pm MDT

DASFA Turkey Readoff
An almost unbelievable yet hysterical MileHiCon tradition returns! Our courageous panelists have scoured bookstores, thrift stores, the Net, and the dark recesses of publishing to find their treasures.

Moderators
Participants
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Arlen Feldman

Arlen Feldman is a software engineer, and co-founder of Cherwell Software, one of the leading service desk products in the world. Now semi-retired, he is also a technical adviser, computer book author, maker, costumer, and a semi-professional dilettante.
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Craig Chrissinger

Craig W. Chrissinger has reported on the Williamson Lectureship for Locus Magazine for a third time, and has started writing book reviews again for the Albuquerque Journal. He earned a journalism degree in 1984, and is happy to put it to use. In the past 25 years, he’s written for... Read More →
avatar for Curtis Craddock

Curtis Craddock

Deranged Lunatic, Author
Science Fiction/Fantasy Writer, Teacher, Gamer, Ubergeek.
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Jessica Coyle

Jessica L. Coyle has attended conventions since she was a tween, and has participated in several costume contests. She earned her Master’s in Museum Education from The George Washington University, and currently works at the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History. She serves as Bubonicon’s... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

2:00pm MDT

Radium Girls of Science & SF
A look at the history of women in science (especially nuclear) and science fiction as real-life scientists, characters, and authors from the beginning through to the present day

Moderators
avatar for Rachael Tanger

Rachael Tanger

Editor, Centrifuge Press
I am a founder of a small independent publishing concern, Centrifuge Press, where I work as Publishing Editor. I am also part of a collective that writes YA science fiction under the pen name N. J. Tanger. I love both coffee and tea, but for different reasons and seasons. My favorite... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Astral Scribe - J.D. Harpley

Astral Scribe - J.D. Harpley

J.D. Harpley is Astral Scribe, a dedicated word ingester and producer. A past laden with science fiction books led her to follow in the footsteps of those she found great to create vivid, brain-tantalizing works of her own. | Project Manager at a game studio by day, she spends her... Read More →
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Rebecca Lickiss

Rebecca Lickiss, a passionate reader, began telling stories at an early age. She finally decided to write them down for publication, since it was better than cleaning house again. Her day job is teaching physics at the Air Force Academy, which explains why she doesn't write hard... Read More →
avatar for Richard Blake

Richard Blake

Founder & Flunky, STEMpunkED
A child since birth, Richard provides full time care and part time frustration to two amazing children and one wonderful wife from his centrally located Colorado home. Through his micro-business STEMpunkED he develops and delivers innovative STEM+Arts programs that engage modern STEM... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

2:00pm MDT

Set Your Controls for the Dark of the Sun
Come hear personal experiences and scientific knowledge about the recent, past, and upcoming eclipses.

Moderators
Participants
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Ronnie Seagren

Ronnie Seagren—when not writing—can be found photographing landscapes and flowers or leading moonrise hikes at Roxborough State Park. She's pleased that her novel, Seventh Daughter, has found a new home at Wolfsinger Publications, and she's working hard on the long-awaited sequel... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

2:00pm MDT

Tea Dueling with the Messrs. Brazee-Cannons
Tea dueling is the art of gracefully dunking a tea biscuit into a "Cup of Brown Joy," soaking it for five seconds, and then lifting it and cleanly "nomming" on it—all without dripping tea, losing biscuit fragments into the tea or on the table, and doing s

Participants
avatar for Ian Brazee-Cannon

Ian Brazee-Cannon

Writer, film maker
I am a writer, film maker, game designer and podcast.


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm MDT
Con Suite

2:00pm MDT

The Artist’s Way
Drawing (or writing) on the left or right side of the brain—artists from various disciplines discuss their creative process.

Moderators
avatar for L.F. (Laurey) Patten

L.F. (Laurey) Patten

Author/Editor, Stone Dagger Publications
L. F. Patten has often characterized her multitude of interests as A.D.D of the Right Brain. Degreed in Medieval History and archaeology, her checkered career has included teaching, work at a planetarium, a rock shop and an off- (off-off- off-) Broadway theater. A certified herbalist... Read More →

Guests of Honor
avatar for Carrie Ann Baade

Carrie Ann Baade

Born in Louisiana, Carrie Ann Baade received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago that included one year of study at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and her MFA in Painting from the University of Delaware. Her paintings combine remnants of Renaissance and... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Melanie Unruh

Melanie Unruh

Melanie Unruh is an artist and maker based in the Denver area specializing in decorative and functional pottery, and fantasy and historical sartorial arts. A lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy literature, alternate worlds influence the styles and themes of her art. Currently... Read More →
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Robin Owens

Robin D. Owens credits the telepathic cat with attitude in selling her first futuristic/fantasy romance, HeartMate, published in December 2001. Since then the RITA® Award Winning novelist has written 13 books in the Celta series, including the latest, Heart Fire (November 2014... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm MDT
Wind River A Ground Floor

2:00pm MDT

What (and Why) Do Your Characters Drink?
What kind of alcohol would be available in deep space? Is there anything else that a fantasy hero might drink besides ale and wine? Would an alien have something similar?

Moderators
Participants
avatar for Betsy Dornbusch

Betsy Dornbusch

author
Betsy Dornbusch writes epic fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in over a dozen magazines and anthologies, and she's the author of three novellas and five novels. Her first fantasy novel came out in 2012 and her latest trilogy, BOOKS OF THE SEVEN EYES, wraps up with ENEMY in 2017... Read More →
avatar for Mario Acevedo

Mario Acevedo

Mario Acevedo is the author of the bestselling Felix Gomez detective-vampire series, which includes Rescue From Planet Pleasure from WordFire Press. His short fiction has appeared in Nightmares Unhinged and CyberWorld from Hex Publishers. Mario lives and writes in Denver, CO.
avatar for Nick Mamatas

Nick Mamatas

Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels including The Last Weekend, I Am Providence, and the forthcoming Hexen Sabbath. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, and he is also an award-winning anthologist, most recently with Mixed Up, a hybrid cocktail... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

2:30pm MDT

The Reading Game
Looking for new authors to love and look forward to reading can be a little like … well, dating. Come watch (maybe even participate) as longtime readers search for new book partners.

Moderators
avatar for Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond writes linked short stories in science fiction and fantasy universes. She has been in Analog and reprinted in Russian by IF. She's also the Comptroller for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

Saturday October 28, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm MDT
Grand Mesa Second Floor

2:30pm MDT

Kids Wand Making & Facepainting
Create your own wand from available supplies. Finish up with face painting at 4 pm and a parade through the con … or on stage before the masquerade! Are you an astronaut, an animal, an alien, or other fantastical creature? Add face painting to your costu


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

3:00pm MDT

Apsara Bellydancing Performance
From traditional Middle Eastern dance to quasi-burlesque, Apsara brings a fresh perspective to an ancient art form. Through precision, creativity, and joy, this avant-garde performance troupe aims to entertain and inspire audiences.

Participants

Saturday October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm MDT
Atrium Stage Central Second Floor Atrium

3:00pm MDT

At the Intersection of Weird Western & Steampunk
How are they the same or different? What are some good weird western stories that could also be steampunk stories and what are some good steampunk stories that are also weird westerns?

Moderators
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Laura Givens

Laura Givens is an illustrator and author who has done oodles of book covers and sold a dozen or so short stories. She loves to read hard SF but often finds herself writing western-flavored steampunk and fantasy. She lives in Denver and used to do improv comedy to stay sane. She has... Read More →

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Aaron Michael Ritchey

Aaron Crash writes adrenaline-fueled odysseys into the extreme regions of speculative fiction. If you’re looking for cyborg vampires or jellyfish centaurs, you’ve come to the right place. He is the co-author of the War God’s Mantle series (Shadow Alley Press) and other over-the-top... Read More →
avatar for David B. Riley

David B. Riley

publisher, science fiction trails
David B. Riley is the editor of numerous horror and weird western anthologies. He is also the author of four novels and more than 100 short stories. He writes horror, science fiction and steampunk and is an active member of the Horror Writers Association. He edited Science Fiction... Read More →
avatar for David Boop

David Boop

Author
David Boop is a bestselling Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. His novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, will return to print in 2016 from WordFire Press. David has had over fifty short stories published... Read More →
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Jane Bigelow

Jane Bigelow has published short stories this year in Gifts of Darkover and in Luxor: Gods, Grit and Glory.  She has had a story accepted for Realms of Darkover, to be published in May of 2016. She is currently doing final (really) revisions for Children’s Knives, a sequel to her... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

3:00pm MDT

Building Bitter Worlds: Believable Dystopias
There’s more to dystopia than gray palettes and scrappy teens—how do you build a believable world that your audience can accept and relate to?

Moderators
Participants
avatar for Angie Hodapp

Angie Hodapp

Director of Literary Development, Nelson Literary Agency
Angie Hodapp holds a BA in English and secondary education and an MA in English and communication development, and she is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute at the University of Denver. She has worked in publishing and professional writing, in one form or another, for sixteen... Read More →
avatar for Jenna Lincoln

Jenna Lincoln

I'd love to talk about my books! I write YA and adult Science Fiction. The first two books in my trilogy are out: 1. The Protector Project 2. The People's Champion And I have a novella in an SFR anthology that just came out this month! Anthology is called Cosmic Cabaret and... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

3:00pm MDT

Color it Science
Vanta Black, Yin Min blue, the pinkest pink—conflict and opportunity arise when when science and art converge.

Moderators
avatar for R. Gary Raham

R. Gary Raham

Owner, Biostration
Author/illustrator Gary Raham loves to help connect kids (and adults) to science with his stories and illustrations. He has written 18 books of science fact and/or science fiction and numerous articles on science and nature. Kirkus Reviews described Raham’s Confessions of a Time... Read More →

Participants
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Jessica Coyle

Jessica L. Coyle has attended conventions since she was a tween, and has participated in several costume contests. She earned her Master’s in Museum Education from The George Washington University, and currently works at the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History. She serves as Bubonicon’s... Read More →
avatar for Paul Lell

Paul Lell

The One in Charge, Kalijor Press
Paul Lell was born and grew up in the Denver area, where he was encouraged by friends and family to imagine worlds without limits. He wrote stories and game mastered RPGs for his friends, which led to the development of whole worlds and their inhabitants. After trying a few different... Read More →
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Robert Williscroft

Author Alley
Dr. Williscroft is a retired submariner, diver, scientist, businessman, adventurer, author. He spent 22 months underwater, a year in the equatorial Pacific, 3 years in the Arctic, a year at the Geographic South Pole. He has appeared on dozens of talk shows, the Michael Medved show... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

3:00pm MDT

Cosplay 911
Emergency fixes and quick and dirty techniques for all of your cosplay needs.

Moderators
Participants
avatar for Amy Griswold

Amy Griswold

Owner/Seamstress, Purrfection Sewing
Professional seamstress with over thirty years of experience in clothing construction and industrial sewing. I am self-taught and continued my education as an apprentice in my sister’s shop, Mary Pope Custom Sewing, where I learned techniques in alterations, custom clothing design... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

3:00pm MDT

Critter Crunch Showcase
Planning to compete tomorrow and want to show off your machine today? Thinking ahead to MileHiCon 50 and want to talk to Critter builders for tips? This is the program for you?

Participants

Saturday October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

3:00pm MDT

Fandom Trivia
Join Tim Slater for a fun and challenging round of fandom trivia.

Moderators
Saturday October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
Wind River A Ground Floor

4:00pm MDT

Brewing/Vintning Meetup
Craft beer is a growing phenomenon, and fans are involved in both the brewing and drinking of beer, wine, or cider. Roundtable discussion of brewing and vintning, and a tasting will follow in the con suite (must be 21 to partake).

Moderators
Participants
avatar for Chris Ward

Chris Ward

Chris Ward works as a video editor to finance his obsessions with movies, books, and homebrewing. He lives in Denver and is conspiring with his wife to make sure their daughters grow up surrounded by geek culture.
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Meg Ward

Active Track Coordinator, MileHiCon
Meg Ward is a longtime science fiction enthusiast whose hobbies include roller derby, beer brewing, cryptography, convention running, and fiber arts. She resides in Denver with three cats, two geeks-in-training, and an equally geeky husband.
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Rebecca Lyons

Rebecca Lyons is a writer, editor, and jewelry artist. She has been a MileHiCon participant for over 20 years and has had her jewelry displayed in the art show for the last several. She is a freelance science copy editor and has had stories published in Pulphouse, Women of Darkness... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm MDT
Bristlecone Ground Floor

4:00pm MDT

GMPCs and Other Pitfalls
When GMs take character agency in play to service their own narrative, it is usually at the expense of player character agency. But it can be done well! (Or can it?)

Moderators
DP

Dan Peak

Dan (BakuDan) Peak came into the world 40 years ago by blending the finest hand-picked ingredients from the slopes of the majestic Rocky Mountains. He was shaped and formed using the same time-honored techniques that have been handed down from generation to generation, and the quality... Read More →

Participants
DB

Dee Beetem

Doris (the Younger) Beetem was one of the founding members of DASFA, along with her mom (the Elder) and her younger sister (Rose). She now lives in Houston, Texas, a retired librarian/technical writer with three cats. (Practically a meme in the fannish community!) She is a longtime... Read More →
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Jason Henry Evans

Editor-in-Chief, Man-Gazine
I am a writer, an educator, and a Bon Vivant. I have always wanted to be a writer, I just didn't know it until recently. For 14 years I was an educator, teaching social studies in both public & private schools. I have taught every grade from 6th to 12th. I have bachelors degrees... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm MDT
Wind River A Ground Floor

4:00pm MDT

Mass Autographing
E. Flint, J. Lindskold, J. Heller and a host of other attending authors.

Saturday October 28, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm MDT
Grand Mesa Second Floor

4:00pm MDT

Science Machines
Machines used to perform classic science experiments are elegantly simple, but fiendishly clever. Usually simple conceptually, their apparent complexity often comes from parts added to control environmental factors.

Participants

Saturday October 28, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

4:00pm MDT

Societies of the Future
Time for something completely different or mostly same as it ever was? How far outside their own culture can authors and readers manage to do?

Moderators
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Richard Blake

Founder & Flunky, STEMpunkED
A child since birth, Richard provides full time care and part time frustration to two amazing children and one wonderful wife from his centrally located Colorado home. Through his micro-business STEMpunkED he develops and delivers innovative STEM+Arts programs that engage modern STEM... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Carolyn Kay

Carolyn Kay

Carolyn Kay enjoys writing about an eclectic variety of things, and imagining what normally inanimate objects would do if given life. She is currently collaborating with award-winning illustrator, Chaz Kemp, on the World of Ashelon, a series of novellas set in a steampunk fantasy... Read More →
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Doug Hawk

Doug Hawk—now etired from a public relations career—writes horror and adventure novels that are published online. Much of his fiction focuses on the fictional Colorado towns of Crystal Wells, Coronado and Shavano.


Saturday October 28, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

4:00pm MDT

The Best SF/F/H Plot Twists of All Time
From An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge to The Sixth Sense, in books, movies, short stories and comics, what are some of the most memorable plot twists in the field?

Moderators
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Lou J Berger

Lou J Berger writes mostly science fiction and fantasy, but is working on a literary novel set in 1978 North Carolina and centers around a young boy who lost his mother.He's a member of SFWA and has been professionally published in Galaxy's Edge Magazine, as well as in a variety of... Read More →

Participants
RL

Rebecca Lickiss

Rebecca Lickiss, a passionate reader, began telling stories at an early age. She finally decided to write them down for publication, since it was better than cleaning house again. Her day job is teaching physics at the Air Force Academy, which explains why she doesn't write hard... Read More →
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Van Aaron Hughes

Van Aaron Hughes is the author of "The Long View," in the March-April 2013 issue of F&SF, "The Body Pirate" in a forthcoming issue of F&SF, and "The Dualist," which was a winner in the Writers of the Future Contest and published in Writers of the Future Vol. 27. His fiction has... Read More →
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Warren Hammond

Warren Hammond is known for his gritty, futuristic KOP series, of which the third book, KOP Killer, won the 2012 Colorado Book Award for best mystery. Warren's latest novel, Tides of Maritinia, ws released in December 2014. His first book independent of the KOP series, Tides is a... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

4:00pm MDT

Write a Story with Dreaming Robot Press!
Write a story with Dreaming Robot Press! Have you ever wanted to see yourself in a science fiction adventure? Ever thought you'd like to write a science fiction story yourself? Join Sean and Corie of Dreaming Robot Press for a fun round of choose your o

Participants
avatar for Elin Wyn

Elin Wyn

Cat herder, word wrangler and short on sleep.


Saturday October 28, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm MDT
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

5:00pm MDT

An Hour with Jane Lindskold
Stop in for some quality time with author Guest of Honor Jane Lindskold … could be a reading, Q&A, or something unexpected.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Jane Lindskold

Jane Lindskold

Mentored by her friend, Roger Zelazny, she started publishing stories in 1992, and she published her first novel, Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls in December, 1994. In her Athanor series, she writes about the creatures of legend — shape-shifters, satyrs, merfolk, and unicorns... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

5:00pm MDT

Bog Dino & Other Paleontological Discoveries
Join our panelists to geek out about recent discoveries in paleontology including the recent nodosaur discovery.

Moderators
Participants
avatar for Daniel Dvorkin

Daniel Dvorkin

Daniel Dvorkin, a joint production of David and Leonore Dvorkin Productions, has served as an Army infantryman and an Air Force medic. He recently completed his Ph.D. in bioinformatics, which was harder than anything the military threw at him including Desert Storm. His most recent... Read More →
JB

Jane Bigelow

Jane Bigelow has published short stories this year in Gifts of Darkover and in Luxor: Gods, Grit and Glory.  She has had a story accepted for Realms of Darkover, to be published in May of 2016. She is currently doing final (really) revisions for Children’s Knives, a sequel to her... Read More →
avatar for Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll has been an astronomical/science fiction artist and author for three decades. He has done work for NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and dozens of book and magazine publishers internationally. His art has appeared in several hundred magazines throughout the world... Read More →
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R. Gary Raham

Owner, Biostration
Author/illustrator Gary Raham loves to help connect kids (and adults) to science with his stories and illustrations. He has written 18 books of science fact and/or science fiction and numerous articles on science and nature. Kirkus Reviews described Raham’s Confessions of a Time... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

5:00pm MDT

Home Brew tasting
(21+) in side room

Saturday October 28, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm MDT
Con Suite

5:00pm MDT

Panning for Gold in SF’s Golden Age
SF/fantasy over 20 years old—what holds up? Do good stories with outdated tech jar modern readers out of the story or turn them off reading it entirely?

Moderators
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J.T. Evans

Author
J.T. Evans writes fantasy novels. The former president of Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group and Pikes Peak Writers, he develops interactive voice recognition systems at the Day Job, home brews great beers, spends time with family, and plays too many tabletop games. His debut... Read More →

Participants
avatar for John E. Stith

John E. Stith

Author of MANHATTAN TRANSFER (Hugo Honorable Mention), REDSHIFT RENDEZVOUS (Nebula Nominee), "Naught for Hire," etc
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Kal Spriggs

Author
Kal is a professional author of science fiction and fantasy. He has already begun publishing three science fiction series: The Shadow Space Chronicles, the Rising Wolf Series, and the Renegades. The Shadow Space Chronicles is military science fiction and space opera and follows a... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

5:00pm MDT

Picking Your Pivot Point
Alt history beyond who won the war (e.g., River of Teeth) and finding those unusual and intriguing divergent points.

Moderators
avatar for Jason Henry Evans

Jason Henry Evans

Editor-in-Chief, Man-Gazine
I am a writer, an educator, and a Bon Vivant. I have always wanted to be a writer, I just didn't know it until recently. For 14 years I was an educator, teaching social studies in both public & private schools. I have taught every grade from 6th to 12th. I have bachelors degrees... Read More →

Guests of Honor
avatar for Eric Flint

Eric Flint

Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running... Read More →

Participants
avatar for DeAnna Knippling

DeAnna Knippling

Publisher, Wonderland Press
DeAnna Knippling is a professional freelance writer and editor, with around 40 books written for herself and her many ghostwriting clients and her multiple pen names, because life isn't complicated enough already. Under her own name, she writes gothic horror and fantasy, but she also... Read More →
JB

John Barnes

John Barnes is a widely published obscure writer. His first published science fiction story was in 1982, in CoEvolution Quarterly, and his most recent appeared in Light Reading, which is a website for optical communications engineers. In between he has appeared in places like The... Read More →
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Nicole Godfrey

Nicole Godfrey is a writer who calls the beautiful city of Colorado Springs home, along with her furry children. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and has lived in Florida and Tennessee. Her writing career started with poetry at a young age, leading to her first publication at the... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

6:00pm MDT

Iron Hack
Our fearless contestants will be given four ingredients from the audience - a person/occupation, a thing, a place and a time period and then must write a piece of Flash Fiction. The results will be read and winner decided by audience acclaim.

Moderators
avatar for Stace Johnson

Stace Johnson

I'm a writer and musician from the Denver metro area. So far, I've published short stories of multiple lengths, several poems, and numerous non-fiction articles in both magazines and online. I gained a reputation as a good copy editor in my former writing groups, and that reputation... Read More →

Guests of Honor
avatar for Jane Lindskold

Jane Lindskold

Mentored by her friend, Roger Zelazny, she started publishing stories in 1992, and she published her first novel, Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls in December, 1994. In her Athanor series, she writes about the creatures of legend — shape-shifters, satyrs, merfolk, and unicorns... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Chris Barili

Chris Barili

Author
When not oppressed by his day job, Chris writes all kinds of stories, and has published fantasy, science fiction, horror, western, paranormal romance, and now crime, with a noir story in this year’s inaugural print edition of Toe Six Magazine. He is author of the self-published... Read More →
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Gregory Hyde

Gregory R. Hyde is a member of the Northern Colorado Writers Workshop (NCWW).  An Advanced Translations Engineer for a 9-11 telecom company by trade (after a long career as a mental health professional), he's been a finalist in the Writers of the Future contest and has seven honorable... Read More →
avatar for Nathan M. Beauchamp

Nathan M. Beauchamp

Acquisitions Editor, Centrifuge Press
Nathan serves as acquisitions editor for Centrifuge Press, an independent publisher of speculative fiction. He co-authored the award-winning YA science fiction series Universe Eventual under the pseudonym N.J. Tanger, including the novels Chimera, Helios, Ceres, and Ascension. His... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

7:00pm MDT

The Robot Economy
It seems as if more jobs are being automated by the minute. How will that work out for humans in the long run?

Moderators
Participants
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Deena Larsen

Deena Larsen wrote the first interactive work published way back before the net. You can now play in Marble Springs, the wiki, and it is featured in the Electronic Literature Collection. (http://marblesprings.wikidot.com/). A pioneer in the new media/electronic lit field since before... Read More →
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Eric James Stone

A Nebula Award winner and Hugo nominee, Eric James Stone has been published in Year’s Best SF, Analog, and elsewhere. His debut novel, a science fiction thriller titled Unforgettable, was published by Baen. Eric lives in Utah, where he works as a web programmer.


Saturday October 28, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

7:00pm MDT

Who’s the Real Monster?
Werewolves or war criminals, vampires or human sociopaths? It can be difficult to decipher who the real monster is.

Moderators
Participants
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Amalie Howard

Amalie Howard grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has... Read More →
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Catherine Spader

Founder/owner, Quillstone Press
Catherine Spader is the award-winning author of the dark fantasy Wulfhedinn series. Her first novel, Feast of the Raven, won a first place EVVY book award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. Her second novel in the series, Return of the Wulfhedinn, was released in... Read More →
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James Hunter

Author, Shadow Alley Press
James Hunter is a bestselling fantasy writer and an active member of SFWA with twenty-five books currently under his belt. He’s the author of the Rogue Dungeon Series, Bibliomancer, the Yancy Lazarus Series, and the litRPG epic Viridian Gate Online. In addition to writing, James... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

8:00pm MDT

For the (Conditional) Love of Lovecraft
Why is Lovecraft so popular now? What insights do we gain when we read and tell Lovecraftian stories from a modern perspective?

Moderators
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Nick Mamatas

Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels including The Last Weekend, I Am Providence, and the forthcoming Hexen Sabbath. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, and he is also an award-winning anthologist, most recently with Mixed Up, a hybrid cocktail... Read More →

Participants
avatar for DeAnna Knippling

DeAnna Knippling

Publisher, Wonderland Press
DeAnna Knippling is a professional freelance writer and editor, with around 40 books written for herself and her many ghostwriting clients and her multiple pen names, because life isn't complicated enough already. Under her own name, she writes gothic horror and fantasy, but she also... Read More →
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James Van Pelt

His fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, and Weird Tales. His non-fiction work has appeared in Tangent magazine. In 1999 James was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Several... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 8:00pm - 8:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

8:00pm MDT

Filking through the night
See page for a description of how Denver does filk.

Saturday October 28, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm MDT
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

9:00pm MDT

SF Poetry Slam
Open to all in two categories: either prepared poems using the opening line “In a hundred years” or the improv division with an opening line given on the spot.

Moderators
Participants
JB

Jane Bigelow

Jane Bigelow has published short stories this year in Gifts of Darkover and in Luxor: Gods, Grit and Glory.  She has had a story accepted for Realms of Darkover, to be published in May of 2016. She is currently doing final (really) revisions for Children’s Knives, a sequel to her... Read More →
avatar for Rob S. Rice

Rob S. Rice

Ambassador from the Past
Rob S. Rice has long had a fascination with the histories of war, technology, and always the sea.  He has delivered papers before the American Philological Association, lectured at Annapolis and has taught subjects from Mythology to Roman History.  Before all THAT, he won the 1st... Read More →
avatar for Stace Johnson

Stace Johnson

I'm a writer and musician from the Denver metro area. So far, I've published short stories of multiple lengths, several poems, and numerous non-fiction articles in both magazines and online. I gained a reputation as a good copy editor in my former writing groups, and that reputation... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 9:00pm - 9:50pm MDT
Avistrum/12th Floor

9:00pm MDT

Dark Wizards Ball
Dance the night away with the wizards of Avistrum. Open to all MileHiCon members.

Saturday October 28, 2017 9:00pm - Sunday October 29, 2017 1:00am MDT
Wind River A, Wind River B Ground Floor

10:00pm MDT

Welcome to Night Vale Reading
Long-time fan or wondering what the hell? Come for your chance to be Cecil or to hear Cecil. Look out for the weather, it’s a doozy!

Moderators
Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00pm - 10:50pm MDT
Avistrum/12th Floor

10:00pm MDT

Cards Against Humanity
Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00pm - Sunday October 29, 2017 8:00am MDT
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

10:00pm MDT

Werewolves of Miller's Hollow
Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00pm - Sunday October 29, 2017 8:00am MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

11:00pm MDT

Group Reading & Discussion: The Ed Bryant Anthology
Hear readings from an upcoming anthology honoring Ed Bryant and discuss his legacy.

Participants
avatar for Charles Eugene Anderson

Charles Eugene Anderson

Charles Eugene Anderson is a former coach, athletic director, and teacher. Now he's a writer, podcaster, and publisher. His latest flash fiction appears in the 'Objects in the Rear View Mirror' anthology. His latest series, 'Auxiliary Hero Corps' has been described as superhero noir... Read More →
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Gregory Hyde

Gregory R. Hyde is a member of the Northern Colorado Writers Workshop (NCWW).  An Advanced Translations Engineer for a 9-11 telecom company by trade (after a long career as a mental health professional), he's been a finalist in the Writers of the Future contest and has seven honorable... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00pm - 11:50pm MDT
Avistrum/12th Floor
 
Sunday, October 29
 

9:00am MDT

MHC Kaffeeklatsch (Sunday), sponsored by Broadway Book Mall/Who Else! Books
Join several of our guests and other participants (exact lineup always subject to late nights and oversleeping) in the con suite for a wake-up beverage and a donut.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Eric Flint

Eric Flint

Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running... Read More →
avatar for Jason Heller

Jason Heller

Jason Heller is a journalist, editor, and author whose books include: Strange Stars (forthcoming from Melville House); the alt-history novel Taft 2012 (Quirk); the Goosebumps tie-in Slappy’s Revenge (Scholastic); the Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook... Read More →

Participants

Sunday October 29, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am MDT
Con Suite

9:00am MDT

Coloring for All Ages
Come start your morning off with a little coloring! Materials will be provided.

Sunday October 29, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm MDT
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

10:00am MDT

Beliefs, Messages, & Themes in Fiction
How can it be done well instead of being preachy? When do those elements date a work, instead of making it universal?

Moderators
avatar for F. P. Dorchak

F. P. Dorchak

Paranormal Fiction Author, F. P. Dorchak
I write gritty, Twilight Zone-like fiction. Please check out my new book: Do The Dead Dream? An Anthology of the Weird and the Peculiar, which won the 2017 national Best Book Award for Fiction: Short Stories.My interests are many and varied. Just say "Hi!" and we'll take it from... Read More →

Guests of Honor
avatar for Eric Flint

Eric Flint

Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running... Read More →

Participants

Sunday October 29, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

10:00am MDT

Ecumenical Communion Worship Service
Stop in for a few contemplative moments with Michael in his other role. Serious—but not unduly solemn.

Participants

Sunday October 29, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am MDT
Wind River A Ground Floor

10:00am MDT

Group Reading & Discussion: Very Colorful Colorado
When stories, scenes or books are set in a specific location—like Colorado—what impact does that have?

Participants
avatar for Betsy Dornbusch

Betsy Dornbusch

author
Betsy Dornbusch writes epic fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in over a dozen magazines and anthologies, and she's the author of three novellas and five novels. Her first fantasy novel came out in 2012 and her latest trilogy, BOOKS OF THE SEVEN EYES, wraps up with ENEMY in 2017... Read More →
avatar for Dana Bell

Dana Bell

Dana Bell enjoys writing regional Colorado tales and has lived many places. Many of her stories are set there and star the various cats she’s been owned by. Her works include her novels Winter Awakening and God’s Gift, a popular cat vampire short story series, and various other... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Ikenberry

Kevin Ikenberry

Author
Kevin Ikenberry is a retired Army space operations officer and science fiction novelist. His debut novel Sleeper Protocol was a Finalist for the Colorado Book Award and was called “an emotionally powerful debut” by Publisher’s Weekly. Kevin’s novels include Vendetta Protocol, Runs... Read More →
avatar for Paul Lell

Paul Lell

The One in Charge, Kalijor Press
Paul Lell was born and grew up in the Denver area, where he was encouraged by friends and family to imagine worlds without limits. He wrote stories and game mastered RPGs for his friends, which led to the development of whole worlds and their inhabitants. After trying a few different... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

10:00am MDT

Patently Absurd
A discussion (which may become quite exasperated) of bad patent law(suits), recent changes to patent law, and more.

Moderators
AF

Arlen Feldman

Arlen Feldman is a software engineer, and co-founder of Cherwell Software, one of the leading service desk products in the world. Now semi-retired, he is also a technical adviser, computer book author, maker, costumer, and a semi-professional dilettante.

Participants
avatar for Nathan M. Beauchamp

Nathan M. Beauchamp

Acquisitions Editor, Centrifuge Press
Nathan serves as acquisitions editor for Centrifuge Press, an independent publisher of speculative fiction. He co-authored the award-winning YA science fiction series Universe Eventual under the pseudonym N.J. Tanger, including the novels Chimera, Helios, Ceres, and Ascension. His... Read More →
avatar for Robert Williscroft

Robert Williscroft

Author Alley
Dr. Williscroft is a retired submariner, diver, scientist, businessman, adventurer, author. He spent 22 months underwater, a year in the equatorial Pacific, 3 years in the Arctic, a year at the Geographic South Pole. He has appeared on dozens of talk shows, the Michael Medved show... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am MDT
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

10:00am MDT

Universal Basic Income: Boon or Bane to Society?
Both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have proposed a Universal Basic Income. Where would this money come from, and what are some of the possible negative and positive effects on society?

Moderators
Participants
AA

Alex Acks

Attendee
DD

David Dvorkin

David Dvorkin has published non-fiction, science fiction, mystery, horror, and Star Trek novels. Nowadays, he self-publishes his work in the form of e-books. He finds his new publisher and editor to be infinitely accepting and endlessly accommodating. Visit www.dvorkin.com for lots... Read More →
avatar for Eric James Stone

Eric James Stone

A Nebula Award winner and Hugo nominee, Eric James Stone has been published in Year’s Best SF, Analog, and elsewhere. His debut novel, a science fiction thriller titled Unforgettable, was published by Baen. Eric lives in Utah, where he works as a web programmer.
JB

John Barnes

John Barnes is a widely published obscure writer. His first published science fiction story was in 1982, in CoEvolution Quarterly, and his most recent appeared in Light Reading, which is a website for optical communications engineers. In between he has appeared in places like The... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

10:00am MDT

The Costume Exchange
Bring costume/cosplay items you no longer want/fit/use and trade for something different/new!

Participants
avatar for Amy Griswold

Amy Griswold

Owner/Seamstress, Purrfection Sewing
Professional seamstress with over thirty years of experience in clothing construction and industrial sewing. I am self-taught and continued my education as an apprentice in my sister’s shop, Mary Pope Custom Sewing, where I learned techniques in alterations, custom clothing design... Read More →
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Nate Leyba

Natalie (Nate) Leyba is an avid reader and an aficionado of both anime and manga. Her interest in books range from sci-fi/fantasy to nonfiction and everything in between. Natalie does tend to gravitate toward the sci-fi /fantasy/urban fantasy end of the spectrum, though. She has attended... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am MDT
Wind Star A Gr

11:00am MDT

Celtic Knotwork
Come for a lesson in Celtic knotwork drawing techniques.

Participants
AF

Arlen Feldman

Arlen Feldman is a software engineer, and co-founder of Cherwell Software, one of the leading service desk products in the world. Now semi-retired, he is also a technical adviser, computer book author, maker, costumer, and a semi-professional dilettante.


Sunday October 29, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am MDT
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

11:00am MDT

To His Koi Mistress: Transformation in Fantasy
From werewolves to Tam Lin, Shakespeare to Seanan McGuire, transformation has long been a theme in fantasy.

Moderators
Participants
avatar for Chris Barili

Chris Barili

Author
When not oppressed by his day job, Chris writes all kinds of stories, and has published fantasy, science fiction, horror, western, paranormal romance, and now crime, with a noir story in this year’s inaugural print edition of Toe Six Magazine. He is author of the self-published... Read More →
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Deena Larsen

Deena Larsen wrote the first interactive work published way back before the net. You can now play in Marble Springs, the wiki, and it is featured in the Electronic Literature Collection. (http://marblesprings.wikidot.com/). A pioneer in the new media/electronic lit field since before... Read More →
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Jane Bigelow

Jane Bigelow has published short stories this year in Gifts of Darkover and in Luxor: Gods, Grit and Glory.  She has had a story accepted for Realms of Darkover, to be published in May of 2016. She is currently doing final (really) revisions for Children’s Knives, a sequel to her... Read More →
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Nicole Godfrey

Nicole Godfrey is a writer who calls the beautiful city of Colorado Springs home, along with her furry children. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and has lived in Florida and Tennessee. Her writing career started with poetry at a young age, leading to her first publication at the... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

11:00am MDT

Xenobiology: Building Believable Aliens
Will alien life forms resemble us or something else entirely? Making them believable within current science, yet also alien, is a tall order for authors.

Moderators
avatar for Holly Roberds

Holly Roberds

Holly writes Paranormal Romance, a bit of sci-fi, and a dash of YA. Even as Holly grew up writing romantic fanfiction for the Terminator, Matrix, and anything Joss Whedon, she would have never presumed she’d end up a professional writer. Holly lives in the Denver area with her husband... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Daniel Dvorkin

Daniel Dvorkin

Daniel Dvorkin, a joint production of David and Leonore Dvorkin Productions, has served as an Army infantryman and an Air Force medic. He recently completed his Ph.D. in bioinformatics, which was harder than anything the military threw at him including Desert Storm. His most recent... Read More →
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John Barnes

John Barnes is a widely published obscure writer. His first published science fiction story was in 1982, in CoEvolution Quarterly, and his most recent appeared in Light Reading, which is a website for optical communications engineers. In between he has appeared in places like The... Read More →
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Rebecca Lyons

Rebecca Lyons is a writer, editor, and jewelry artist. She has been a MileHiCon participant for over 20 years and has had her jewelry displayed in the art show for the last several. She is a freelance science copy editor and has had stories published in Pulphouse, Women of Darkness... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

11:00am MDT

GoH Remarks & Awards
Take advantage of this opportunity to hear from our Guests of Honor. As the subject of their remarks is left to their discretion (or lack thereof), you never know what you’re going to hear! Announcements will be announced and awards awarded.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Carrie Ann Baade

Carrie Ann Baade

Born in Louisiana, Carrie Ann Baade received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago that included one year of study at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and her MFA in Painting from the University of Delaware. Her paintings combine remnants of Renaissance and... Read More →
avatar for Eric Flint

Eric Flint

Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running... Read More →
avatar for Jason Heller

Jason Heller

Jason Heller is a journalist, editor, and author whose books include: Strange Stars (forthcoming from Melville House); the alt-history novel Taft 2012 (Quirk); the Goosebumps tie-in Slappy’s Revenge (Scholastic); the Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook... Read More →
avatar for Jane Lindskold

Jane Lindskold

Mentored by her friend, Roger Zelazny, she started publishing stories in 1992, and she published her first novel, Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls in December, 1994. In her Athanor series, she writes about the creatures of legend — shape-shifters, satyrs, merfolk, and unicorns... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

11:00am MDT

Paper Rockets
Join Danyda Feldman as we create paper rockets from ordinary household materials and launch them into flight. Suitable for all ages—with assistance. Bring your imaginations and get ready to soar.

Participants

Sunday October 29, 2017 11:00am - 12:50pm MDT
Atrium Stage Central Second Floor Atrium

12:00pm MDT

Deadlier of the Species: Stealth Weaponry of Shady Ladies
From giant hatpins and poison rings to purse sized derringers and bladed fans, women in fiction and real life have armed themselves in unique and enterprising ways.

Moderators
Participants
avatar for Marc MacYoung

Marc MacYoung

No Nonsense Self-Defense
Marc MacYoung—author of "Beyond the Picket Fence" and the "Writing Violence" series of e-booklets—spends most of his time in the realm of non-fiction. With over 25 published titles he's a leading expert in a rather unpleasant and dangerous topic. When he discovered he was considered... Read More →
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Rebecca Lickiss

Rebecca Lickiss, a passionate reader, began telling stories at an early age. She finally decided to write them down for publication, since it was better than cleaning house again. Her day job is teaching physics at the Air Force Academy, which explains why she doesn't write hard... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

12:00pm MDT

Girls and Women Who Totally Compute
Panel discussion/Q&A session about different jobs in the computer field with women who are doing it.

Moderators
avatar for Elin Wyn

Elin Wyn

Cat herder, word wrangler and short on sleep.

Participants
avatar for Carolyn Kay

Carolyn Kay

Carolyn Kay enjoys writing about an eclectic variety of things, and imagining what normally inanimate objects would do if given life. She is currently collaborating with award-winning illustrator, Chaz Kemp, on the World of Ashelon, a series of novellas set in a steampunk fantasy... Read More →
avatar for J.T. Evans

J.T. Evans

Author
J.T. Evans writes fantasy novels. The former president of Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group and Pikes Peak Writers, he develops interactive voice recognition systems at the Day Job, home brews great beers, spends time with family, and plays too many tabletop games. His debut... Read More →
avatar for Meg Ward

Meg Ward

Active Track Coordinator, MileHiCon
Meg Ward is a longtime science fiction enthusiast whose hobbies include roller derby, beer brewing, cryptography, convention running, and fiber arts. She resides in Denver with three cats, two geeks-in-training, and an equally geeky husband.


Sunday October 29, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

12:00pm MDT

Group Reading & Discussion: Weird Westerns, Steampunk, etc.
Join our panelists for a discussion of the Venn diagram between westerns, weirdness, and steampunk and selected short readings.

Moderators
avatar for David B. Riley

David B. Riley

publisher, science fiction trails
David B. Riley is the editor of numerous horror and weird western anthologies. He is also the author of four novels and more than 100 short stories. He writes horror, science fiction and steampunk and is an active member of the Horror Writers Association. He edited Science Fiction... Read More →

Participants
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Alex Acks

Attendee
avatar for David Boop

David Boop

Author
David Boop is a bestselling Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. His novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, will return to print in 2016 from WordFire Press. David has had over fifty short stories published... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

12:00pm MDT

Living On and Exploring Europa
Astronomical artist and author Michael Carroll researched Europa for his novel, Europa’s Lost Expedition. He will discuss the latest ice moon science and how he worked that into his novel.

Participants
avatar for Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll has been an astronomical/science fiction artist and author for three decades. He has done work for NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and dozens of book and magazine publishers internationally. His art has appeared in several hundred magazines throughout the world... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm MDT
Wind River A Ground Floor

12:00pm MDT

Roundtable: The Orville vs Star Trek: Discovery
Will Star Trek: Discovery bring the franchise roaring back? Is The Orville more Trek than Trek? Bring your opinions and a willingness to listen to other fans!

Participants
avatar for Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester is a two-time Hugo Award winner, author of INTO THE FIRE, an Urban Fantasy set in Denver, blogger (Kirkus Reviews) and podcast host/producer for The Functional Nerds and the SF Signal Podcast (closed). He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy, and can... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm MDT
Bristlecone Ground Floor

12:00pm MDT

Weaving For Kids
Come learn about the process of weaving in an interactive forum.

Participants
RK

R. K. Hageman

Rhonda K. Hageman is a local ESL instructor, spinner, weaver, and writer. She is working on a series of academic murder-mystery novels set in a mythical college town in the mountains of central Colorado, where the amateur sleuth/protagonist is the newest professor in the history department... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 12:00pm - 1:50pm MDT
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

1:00pm MDT

Another Year in Science
Our science-loving panelists take a look back at twelve months of discoveries, breakthroughs, and disappointments.

Moderators
avatar for Daniel Dvorkin

Daniel Dvorkin

Daniel Dvorkin, a joint production of David and Leonore Dvorkin Productions, has served as an Army infantryman and an Air Force medic. He recently completed his Ph.D. in bioinformatics, which was harder than anything the military threw at him including Desert Storm. His most recent... Read More →

Participants
AF

Arlen Feldman

Arlen Feldman is a software engineer, and co-founder of Cherwell Software, one of the leading service desk products in the world. Now semi-retired, he is also a technical adviser, computer book author, maker, costumer, and a semi-professional dilettante.
avatar for Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll has been an astronomical/science fiction artist and author for three decades. He has done work for NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and dozens of book and magazine publishers internationally. His art has appeared in several hundred magazines throughout the world... Read More →
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Rebecca Lickiss

Rebecca Lickiss, a passionate reader, began telling stories at an early age. She finally decided to write them down for publication, since it was better than cleaning house again. Her day job is teaching physics at the Air Force Academy, which explains why she doesn't write hard... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

1:00pm MDT

Group Reading and Discussion: Stranger in a Strange Land
The fish out of water trope was popular in the SF/F genre long before Heinlein: Gulliver’s Travels, John Carter, and countless other examples. Panelists discuss the allure and share short readings.

Moderators
avatar for Stant Litore

Stant Litore

Stant Litore writes about zombies, aliens, and tyrannosaurs. He does not currently own a starship or a time machine but would rather like to. He lives in Aurora, Colorado with his wife and three children and hides from visitors in the basement library beneath a heap of toy dinosaurs... Read More →

Guests of Honor
avatar for Jason Heller

Jason Heller

Jason Heller is a journalist, editor, and author whose books include: Strange Stars (forthcoming from Melville House); the alt-history novel Taft 2012 (Quirk); the Goosebumps tie-in Slappy’s Revenge (Scholastic); the Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Nathan M. Beauchamp

Nathan M. Beauchamp

Acquisitions Editor, Centrifuge Press
Nathan serves as acquisitions editor for Centrifuge Press, an independent publisher of speculative fiction. He co-authored the award-winning YA science fiction series Universe Eventual under the pseudonym N.J. Tanger, including the novels Chimera, Helios, Ceres, and Ascension. His... Read More →
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Ronnie Seagren

Ronnie Seagren—when not writing—can be found photographing landscapes and flowers or leading moonrise hikes at Roxborough State Park. She's pleased that her novel, Seventh Daughter, has found a new home at Wolfsinger Publications, and she's working hard on the long-awaited sequel... Read More →
avatar for Sam Knight

Sam Knight

A Colorado native, Sam Knight spent ten years in California’s wine country before returning to the Rockies. When asked if he misses California, he gets a wistful look in his eyes and replies he misses the green mountains in the winter, but he is glad to be back home. As well as... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

1:00pm MDT

Long Shadows of the Old Gods
We're not talking Cthulhu here: how do the Olympians and other classic deities keep showing up in modern life and literature?

Moderators
avatar for Rob S. Rice

Rob S. Rice

Ambassador from the Past
Rob S. Rice has long had a fascination with the histories of war, technology, and always the sea.  He has delivered papers before the American Philological Association, lectured at Annapolis and has taught subjects from Mythology to Roman History.  Before all THAT, he won the 1st... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Daniel Willis

Daniel Willis

Author Alley
avatar for Ian Brazee-Cannon

Ian Brazee-Cannon

Writer, film maker
I am a writer, film maker, game designer and podcast.
avatar for Paul Lell

Paul Lell

The One in Charge, Kalijor Press
Paul Lell was born and grew up in the Denver area, where he was encouraged by friends and family to imagine worlds without limits. He wrote stories and game mastered RPGs for his friends, which led to the development of whole worlds and their inhabitants. After trying a few different... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

1:00pm MDT

Southwest Regional Writers
What impact or flavor does the Southwest give to fiction written here/by authors who live here?

Moderators
avatar for Dana Bell

Dana Bell

Dana Bell enjoys writing regional Colorado tales and has lived many places. Many of her stories are set there and star the various cats she’s been owned by. Her works include her novels Winter Awakening and God’s Gift, a popular cat vampire short story series, and various other... Read More →

Participants
AM

Aaron Michael Ritchey

Aaron Crash writes adrenaline-fueled odysseys into the extreme regions of speculative fiction. If you’re looking for cyborg vampires or jellyfish centaurs, you’ve come to the right place. He is the co-author of the War God’s Mantle series (Shadow Alley Press) and other over-the-top... Read More →
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Robin Owens

Robin D. Owens credits the telepathic cat with attitude in selling her first futuristic/fantasy romance, HeartMate, published in December 2001. Since then the RITA® Award Winning novelist has written 13 books in the Celta series, including the latest, Heart Fire (November 2014... Read More →
avatar for Stace Johnson

Stace Johnson

I'm a writer and musician from the Denver metro area. So far, I've published short stories of multiple lengths, several poems, and numerous non-fiction articles in both magazines and online. I gained a reputation as a good copy editor in my former writing groups, and that reputation... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm MDT
Wind River A Ground Floor

1:00pm MDT

Worst Movie You Ever Paid to See in a Theater
Not late-night cablesurfing or a Netflix misfire, but movies you actually paid money to see in a theater … what was the worst? (And did you sit through to the end?)

Moderators
avatar for Matthew S. Rotundo

Matthew S. Rotundo

Matt is an award-winning writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Read more about him at his website: www.matthewsrotundo.com

Participants
AA

Alex Acks

Attendee
CV

Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is the bestselling author of a series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio advice show. The most recent and final in the series, Kitty Saves the World, came out August 2015. Low Midnight, a novel in the Kitty universe focused on Cormac Bennett... Read More →
avatar for Chris Ward

Chris Ward

Chris Ward works as a video editor to finance his obsessions with movies, books, and homebrewing. He lives in Denver and is conspiring with his wife to make sure their daughters grow up surrounded by geek culture.
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Karen Bjorn

Karen Bjorn has been enjoying MileHiCon since the late ’70s. She is a doodler (as she has not sold any of her artwork, shows in this convention's art room). She is also trying to get published in the SF/F or erotica field. She has a 16-year-old daughter who also enjoys this convention... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

1:00pm MDT

Stitch-n-Bitch: Drop-In Knitting/Crocheting/Tatting/Crafting
Bring your current fiber arts project and enjoy chatting and crafting with fellow fans.

Sunday October 29, 2017 1:00pm - 2:50pm MDT
Atrium Stage Central Second Floor Atrium

2:00pm MDT

Chip off the Old Block
What are your favorite/best parent/child (or parent surrogate/child) relationships in SF/F? What opportunities do they offer that romantic relationships don’t?

Moderators
RF

Richard Friesen

Author, Richard Friesen
Richard Friesen's first novel, The Tower of Dreams, came out in January. Book II in the Dreaming King Saga, Oathbound Sisters should be out by mid-summer. Richard has been writing for years and has a few published short stories, such as the one in Once Upon a Galaxy, edited by Wil... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Christie Hartman

Christie Hartman

C.A. Hartman Fiction
A former scientist gone rogue, Christie Hartman writes sci-fi with real science and badass female protagonists.
avatar for Curtis Craddock

Curtis Craddock

Deranged Lunatic, Author
Science Fiction/Fantasy Writer, Teacher, Gamer, Ubergeek.


Sunday October 29, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

2:00pm MDT

Exploring the Solar System with Project ESPRESSO
Delve into Project ESPRESSO (for Exploration Science Pathfinder Research for Enhancing Solar System Observations), a consortium of research institutions dedicated to developing tools and techniques needed for future human exploration of the solar system,

Participants

Sunday October 29, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm MDT
Wind River A Ground Floor

2:00pm MDT

Group Reading and Discussion: Urban Fantasy
Our panelists will discuss the ins and outs of urban fantasy and share short readings.

Moderators
avatar for Daniel Willis

Daniel Willis

Author Alley

Participants
avatar for Astral Scribe - J.D. Harpley

Astral Scribe - J.D. Harpley

J.D. Harpley is Astral Scribe, a dedicated word ingester and producer. A past laden with science fiction books led her to follow in the footsteps of those she found great to create vivid, brain-tantalizing works of her own. | Project Manager at a game studio by day, she spends her... Read More →
avatar for Matthew S. Rotundo

Matthew S. Rotundo

Matt is an award-winning writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Read more about him at his website: www.matthewsrotundo.com


Sunday October 29, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

2:00pm MDT

Murder On the Convention Express: The Unmasking
Come and give your best guesses as to the identity of the murderer. We will tell all and lay out the evidence.

Participants
avatar for Meg Ward

Meg Ward

Active Track Coordinator, MileHiCon
Meg Ward is a longtime science fiction enthusiast whose hobbies include roller derby, beer brewing, cryptography, convention running, and fiber arts. She resides in Denver with three cats, two geeks-in-training, and an equally geeky husband.


Sunday October 29, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm MDT
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

2:00pm MDT

Podcasting, Audio Fiction & Other Ear Ticklers
From audiobooks to fiction created in aural format, interview-style podcasts and other formats just developing, how can creators fully engage listeners?

Moderators
avatar for Nathan Lowell

Nathan Lowell

Author, Durandus, Ltd
Nathan has been a full-time, self-published author since 2012 and working in social media since before it was called social media. His doctoral research involved teasing out the factors that govern how people relate in virtual spaces. That research helped him leverage social media... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester is a two-time Hugo Award winner, author of INTO THE FIRE, an Urban Fantasy set in Denver, blogger (Kirkus Reviews) and podcast host/producer for The Functional Nerds and the SF Signal Podcast (closed). He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy, and can... Read More →
avatar for Travis Heermann

Travis Heermann

Author Alley


Sunday October 29, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

2:00pm MDT

Writing Endings
Parting is such sweet sorrow, at least if you do right. Guest of Honor Jane Lindskold will walk you through the fine art of writing endings.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Jane Lindskold

Jane Lindskold

Mentored by her friend, Roger Zelazny, she started publishing stories in 1992, and she published her first novel, Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls in December, 1994. In her Athanor series, she writes about the creatures of legend — shape-shifters, satyrs, merfolk, and unicorns... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

3:00pm MDT

Comedic Fantasy: Pratchett, Moore and Others
Sometimes called “low fantasy,” this humorous sibling to “high fantasy” has joys and delights to share undreamed of by Game of Thrones and similarly dramatic and murderous epics.

Moderators
Guests of Honor
avatar for Jane Lindskold

Jane Lindskold

Mentored by her friend, Roger Zelazny, she started publishing stories in 1992, and she published her first novel, Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls in December, 1994. In her Athanor series, she writes about the creatures of legend — shape-shifters, satyrs, merfolk, and unicorns... Read More →

Participants
KB

Karen Bjorn

Karen Bjorn has been enjoying MileHiCon since the late ’70s. She is a doodler (as she has not sold any of her artwork, shows in this convention's art room). She is also trying to get published in the SF/F or erotica field. She has a 16-year-old daughter who also enjoys this convention... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

3:00pm MDT

Ed Bryant Remembered
All are welcome to attend and share memories or listen. A memory book project will launch here, and friends will share word of other projects honoring Ed or collecting his work for publication.

Moderators
avatar for Stace Johnson

Stace Johnson

I'm a writer and musician from the Denver metro area. So far, I've published short stories of multiple lengths, several poems, and numerous non-fiction articles in both magazines and online. I gained a reputation as a good copy editor in my former writing groups, and that reputation... Read More →

Participants
DL

Deena Larsen

Deena Larsen wrote the first interactive work published way back before the net. You can now play in Marble Springs, the wiki, and it is featured in the Electronic Literature Collection. (http://marblesprings.wikidot.com/). A pioneer in the new media/electronic lit field since before... Read More →
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Gregory Hyde

Gregory R. Hyde is a member of the Northern Colorado Writers Workshop (NCWW).  An Advanced Translations Engineer for a 9-11 telecom company by trade (after a long career as a mental health professional), he's been a finalist in the Writers of the Future contest and has seven honorable... Read More →
avatar for John E. Stith

John E. Stith

Author of MANHATTAN TRANSFER (Hugo Honorable Mention), REDSHIFT RENDEZVOUS (Nebula Nominee), "Naught for Hire," etc
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Ronnie Seagren

Ronnie Seagren—when not writing—can be found photographing landscapes and flowers or leading moonrise hikes at Roxborough State Park. She's pleased that her novel, Seventh Daughter, has found a new home at Wolfsinger Publications, and she's working hard on the long-awaited sequel... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

3:00pm MDT

Patreon: Promise and Problems
From project-based crowdfunding like Kickstarter grew Patreon. How hard is it to establish a viable Patreon, and what advantages and problems does it present?

Moderators
avatar for Chaz Kemp

Chaz Kemp

Art Monkey Supreme, Chaz Kemp Illustration
Bram Stoker Award finalist Chaz Kemp embraces an Art Nouveau style that incorporates vibrancy and color into fantasy and steampunk art in a way that is rarely seen. As an illustrator, the influence of Alphonse Mucha is evident in his award-winning work that combines the artistic energy... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Jen Zink

Jen Zink

Attendee, The Skiffy and Fanty Show
Jen Zink is a stay at home mom of two queer kids and a podcaster with a love of all things science fiction and fantasy. You can find her on twitter @loopdilou or on The Skiffy and Fanty Show at http://www.skiffyandfanty.com, which she produces and co-hosts. You can talk to me about... Read More →
avatar for Stant Litore

Stant Litore

Stant Litore writes about zombies, aliens, and tyrannosaurs. He does not currently own a starship or a time machine but would rather like to. He lives in Aurora, Colorado with his wife and three children and hides from visitors in the basement library beneath a heap of toy dinosaurs... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

3:00pm MDT

Westercon 71/MalCon 6
Westercon is a sci-fi/fantasy focused traveling convention and July 2018 will see Denver's first ever hosting of this decades-old annual event. Come learn more about its traditions and why it is important to bring it to Denver.

Participants

Sunday October 29, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
Wind River A Ground Floor

3:00pm MDT

Who Owns Your Stuff?
Impact of technology restrictions from net neutrality, leasing operating systems, etc.

Moderators
AF

Arlen Feldman

Arlen Feldman is a software engineer, and co-founder of Cherwell Software, one of the leading service desk products in the world. Now semi-retired, he is also a technical adviser, computer book author, maker, costumer, and a semi-professional dilettante.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Eric Flint

Eric Flint

Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Rachael Tanger

Rachael Tanger

Editor, Centrifuge Press
I am a founder of a small independent publishing concern, Centrifuge Press, where I work as Publishing Editor. I am also part of a collective that writes YA science fiction under the pen name N. J. Tanger. I love both coffee and tea, but for different reasons and seasons. My favorite... Read More →
avatar for Robert Williscroft

Robert Williscroft

Author Alley
Dr. Williscroft is a retired submariner, diver, scientist, businessman, adventurer, author. He spent 22 months underwater, a year in the equatorial Pacific, 3 years in the Arctic, a year at the Geographic South Pole. He has appeared on dozens of talk shows, the Michael Medved show... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

4:00pm MDT

Bounding: Cosplay and Halloweening From Your Closet
It’s not just about Disney: bounding can encompass a wealth of low-key and subtle cosplay, and you may already have all (or most) of the elements you need at hand in your closet!

Moderators
Participants
avatar for Amy Griswold

Amy Griswold

Owner/Seamstress, Purrfection Sewing
Professional seamstress with over thirty years of experience in clothing construction and industrial sewing. I am self-taught and continued my education as an apprentice in my sister’s shop, Mary Pope Custom Sewing, where I learned techniques in alterations, custom clothing design... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

4:00pm MDT

Etymology Fictionary
Given a word or phrase (e.g., gumshoe, gangbusters) and two minutes (no internet allowed), our panelists will create its origin. After everyone presents their idea, the audience votes by applause for the one they find most convincing, creative, or humorou

Moderators
LG

Laura Givens

Laura Givens is an illustrator and author who has done oodles of book covers and sold a dozen or so short stories. She loves to read hard SF but often finds herself writing western-flavored steampunk and fantasy. She lives in Denver and used to do improv comedy to stay sane. She has... Read More →

Participants
RL

Rebecca Lyons

Rebecca Lyons is a writer, editor, and jewelry artist. She has been a MileHiCon participant for over 20 years and has had her jewelry displayed in the art show for the last several. She is a freelance science copy editor and has had stories published in Pulphouse, Women of Darkness... Read More →
avatar for Stant Litore

Stant Litore

Stant Litore writes about zombies, aliens, and tyrannosaurs. He does not currently own a starship or a time machine but would rather like to. He lives in Aurora, Colorado with his wife and three children and hides from visitors in the basement library beneath a heap of toy dinosaurs... Read More →
avatar for W. J.  Cherf

W. J. Cherf

Writer of Historical Science Fiction and author of the award-winning time travel series The Manuscripts of the Richards' Trust in five volumes.


Sunday October 29, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

4:00pm MDT

Fond Farewells and Heart-Wrenching Goodbyes
Our panelists will discuss memorable character departures/final scenes and why we remember them … or transcendent character moments.

Moderators
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Thomas A. Fowler

Marketing Director, Spine Press & Post
Thomas A. Fowler is the author of nerdy things. With several short stories published, he also helps authors market themselves as the Marketing Director at Spine Press + Post. He loves to entertain people through his YouTube videos and writing.

Participants
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Angie Hodapp

Director of Literary Development, Nelson Literary Agency
Angie Hodapp holds a BA in English and secondary education and an MA in English and communication development, and she is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute at the University of Denver. She has worked in publishing and professional writing, in one form or another, for sixteen... Read More →
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Ian Brazee-Cannon

Writer, film maker
I am a writer, film maker, game designer and podcast.
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Kal Spriggs

Author
Kal is a professional author of science fiction and fantasy. He has already begun publishing three science fiction series: The Shadow Space Chronicles, the Rising Wolf Series, and the Renegades. The Shadow Space Chronicles is military science fiction and space opera and follows a... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm MDT
Wind River B Ground Floor

4:00pm MDT

Nanowrimo Meetup & Support Group
You’ve heard of it, you know people who’ve done it—should you (should everyone?) try it once? Hear from people who’ve done (and won) NaNoWriMo and ask questions.

Participants
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R. K. Hageman

Rhonda K. Hageman is a local ESL instructor, spinner, weaver, and writer. She is working on a series of academic murder-mystery novels set in a mythical college town in the mountains of central Colorado, where the amateur sleuth/protagonist is the newest professor in the history department... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm MDT
Bristlecone Ground Floor

5:00pm MDT

Closing Ceremonies
It’s the end of another MileHiCon! (Where *did* the weekend go?) Come bid farewell to our guests and hear how the con did this year.

Guests of Honor
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Carrie Ann Baade

Born in Louisiana, Carrie Ann Baade received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago that included one year of study at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and her MFA in Painting from the University of Delaware. Her paintings combine remnants of Renaissance and... Read More →
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Eric Flint

Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running... Read More →
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Jason Heller

Jason Heller is a journalist, editor, and author whose books include: Strange Stars (forthcoming from Melville House); the alt-history novel Taft 2012 (Quirk); the Goosebumps tie-in Slappy’s Revenge (Scholastic); the Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook... Read More →
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Jane Lindskold

Mentored by her friend, Roger Zelazny, she started publishing stories in 1992, and she published her first novel, Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls in December, 1994. In her Athanor series, she writes about the creatures of legend — shape-shifters, satyrs, merfolk, and unicorns... Read More →


Sunday October 29, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm MDT
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor